Clusters

Supercomputers and supercomputing enable researchers to further innovate, providing solutions and answers to some of the world’s most complex problems. Using Compute Canada Federation’s state-of-the-art research computing platform, Canadian researchers can advance their theories much more quickly than they could otherwise. They also can receive support from world-class experts.


If you have questions about the terminology, please consult our Technical Glossary.

Systems across the nation

Compute Canada Federation resources include five national systems, which were installed between 2016 and 2019. Researchers can access these systems free-of-charge. Find out how to Get Started.

In addition, we provide staff’s expertise as well as a broad range of training opportunities.

NameLocationLaunch date Technical specifications
ArbutusUniversity of Victoria2016Technical specifications
BélugaMontreal’s École de technologie supérieure2019Technical specifications
CedarSimon Fraser University2017Technical specifications
GrahamUniversity of Waterloo2017Technical specifications
NiagaraUniversity of Toronto2018Technical specifications

Visit this page to see the status of each system.

Clouds at your service

A cloud service is also available to researchers. Cloud offers everything from configurability and availability to durability and portability. Users are offered virtual machines that allow them to configure a cloud account and customize their computing environment. The cloud allows users to build portals and platforms and to handle data they’re scraping from the web. It is also an easy way for researchers to share content and collaborate on shared resources with colleagues in other countries.

An answer to storage woes

There are also a wide range of storage options available, ranging from high-speed temporary local storage to different kinds of long-term storage. Because the storage systems are a shared resource, it’s the user’s job to use them responsibly. It is also the responsibility of users to manage the age of their stored data as the system is not intended for indefinite storage.