High Performance Computing

New partnership in High Performance Computing and Big Data

Access to HPC technology has typically been outside the reach of small-to-medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in Ontario. Not anymore.

Under an exciting new partnership, Ontario Centres of Excellence and the Southern Ontario Smart Computing Innovation Platform (SOSCIP) are fostering the development and commercialization of leading-edge technologies and applications related to high performance computing and big data. SOSCIP is a partnership between IBM, OCE, and a consortium of fourteen Ontario universities and colleges.

SOSCIP supports collaborative research projects between IBM, academia and SMEs that apply HPC in the following focus areas: agile computing, health applications or smarter infrastructure (see definitions below).

OCE’s mandate under SOSCIP is to help Ontario SMEs increase their competitiveness through exclusive access to Canada’s largest supercomputer dedicated to SME collaborations.

FedDev Ontario recently announced a $20 million investment in SOSCIP to expand its areas of focus.

This includes the launch of a Smart Computing R&D Challenge to support collaborative research and development projects by academic institutions associated with the Southern Ontario Smart Computing Innovation Platform (SOSCIP) and potential industry partners.

The Smart Computing R&D Challenge will provide a total of $7.5 million over two years, with $1.5 million from OCE, $3 million from NSERC, and another $3 million from industry in cash and in-kind. Individual projects can be up to two years in length, and receive up to $500,000 in cash and in-kind contributions.

SOSCIP is also continuing to accept applications from companies to gain access to its advanced computing resources. Those interested in discussing this opportunity should contact:

Martin Lord
Senior Business Development Manager, High Performance Computing
(905) 823 2020 x3236
martin.lord@oce-ontario.org

Ron Van Holst
Director, Research Development
High Performance Computing
416-861-1092, ext. 1021
ron.vanholst@oce-ontario.org

What is High Performance Computing?

High Performance Computing (HPC) is the use of the world’s fastest computers to power through massive sets of data to find information, make meaningful correlations, and solve very large and complex problems.

Access to HPC technology has typically been outside the reach of small-to-medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in Ontario. The most common users in Canada today are engineers, scientists, government agencies, and academic institutions.

While Canada has developed some world-class computing infrastructure, until now there has been no national HPC resource available to industry in Southern Ontario.

How can OCE help bring HPC to your business?

SOSCIP supports collaborative research projects between IBM, academia and SMEs that apply HPC in the following focus areas: agile computing, health applications or smarter infrastructure (see definitions below).

OCE’s mandate is to help Ontario SMEs increase their competitiveness through exclusive access to Canada’s largest supercomputer dedicated to SME collaborations.


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What is...

Agile Computing:
Involves a next-generation computing technology and development environment that can enable software developers to speed the performance of their programs 100 to 1000 times in a small and power efficient package.

Health Applications:
Involves the analysis of medical and health data for improving delivery of healthcare and increasing our understanding of disease and treatments.

Smarter Infrastructure:
Involves computational approaches for improving the quality of service delivery in areas such as municipal transportation, water, energy and environmental systems.