Advanced Research Computing

Advanced research computing is rapidly becoming an essential tool in the researcher’s toolbox. High-powered computers allow researchers to undertake increasingly complex questions with the help of technology, accelerating scientific discoveries that fuel national competitiveness and economic success.

What is advanced research computing?

Advanced research computing (ARC) is an important component of Canada’s digital research infrastructure and is used by the public and private sectors for innovation. The term refers to the elements required to perform computationally and data-intensive research and data-management, including high-performance computing and storage. ARC relies on high-speed networks, software, standards, and data-management services.

In Canada, more than 200 experts, employed by 38 partner universities and research institutions across the country, are fully dedicated to providing excellent support and enabling scientific discovery. Our high qualified personnel (HQP) is the national Advanced Research Computing (ARC) platform’s greatest strength. ARC is not restricted to sciences such as physics and chemistry, it is also a key component of other world-class research, powering everything from curing diseases and discovering planets to taming sea lice in farmed salmon and creating models to test protein-drug interactions. Evolving services, including cloud computing, faster networking, and greater cybersecurity measures, are accelerating the results and advances these researchers can generate.

Who uses ARC?

ARC researchers come from science and industry. They come from all disciplines, including engineering, medical biological and life sciences, chemistry and biochemistry, physics, environmental and Earth sciences, humanities and social sciences and astronomy.

Collaborations between researchers and industry occur frequently in the ARC realm and cut across many sectors, including finance, advanced materials and manufacturing, artificial intelligence, drug development and aerospace.

ARC’s impacts are impressive

  • It accelerates the process of discovery;
  • It maximizes capacity for each project;
  • It helps even small users achieve high levels of academic and global impact.

CC and CCF’s role

Learn more about Compute Canada and the Compute Canada Federation’s role in maintaining and developing the national ARC platform.