The Government of Canada – through Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada (ISED) – is investing $572.5 million over 5 years to provide all Canadian scientists and scholars with the digital tools they need to conduct the world-leading research that supports innovation in Canada. Part of this massive investment toward a national DRI strategy, $50 million is dedicated to the immediate expansion of the Advanced Research Computing (ARC) capacity at the five existing national host sites. Learn more about digital research infrastructure and the national DRI strategy, here. The New Digital Research Infrastructure Organization (NDRIO) is a national not-for-profit organization, created in 2019, with the mandate to coordinate and fund activities in ARC, Data Management, and Research Software.
Compute Canada role during transition to NDRIO
Compute Canada will cease operations by March 31, 2022. However, the Government of Canada has stated that:
The Canada Foundation for Innovation (CFI) will continue to fund the Compute Canada Federation until March 31, 2022, to maintain researchers’ access to advanced research computing and services, to support the highly qualified personnel essential to the DRI system throughout the early implementation of this new strategy, and to ensure that Compute Canada is able to assist with strategic planning to support the transition period and position the national DRI system for future success.
To support a successful transition, ISED and NDRIO have asked the Compute Canada Federation to focus on a number of priorities for transition and for Compute Canada (CC) to coordinate and facilitate this work on behalf of the community. The five key priority activities are:
- Document and advise on national services.
- Develop a medium-term cybersecurity action plan and other related activities.
- Support key performance indicator (KPI) development and reporting.
- Support development of a human resource transition plan.
- Support communication and CCF team-building.
If you have any questions or comments regarding the CCF transition activities, please email us.