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What is CAC?

Economists studying the stock market model the global effects of capital flow. Atmospheric scientists analyze global weather patterns. Psychologists model the brain and human memory. Biotechnologists and computational chemists design complex molecules for innovative new drugs. Engineers model blood flow in artificial hearts. Such research requires the analysis of petabytes of data and intricate mathematical calculations that would take years to perform on even the most sophisticated desktop computer. Using our systems, researchers can do it in weeks, days or even hours.

The Centre for Advanced Computing (formerly HPCVL) at Queen’s University is a consortium comprised of Carleton University, University of Ottawa, and the Royal Military College of Canada. We specialize in secure, advanced computing resources and support for academic and medical clients. CAC operates a high performance data centre as part of the Compute Canada family.image

In addition to reliable, secure computing, CAC has been successful in delivering world-class research high performance computing environment, storage resources, and support to over 400 Canadian research groups, comprising some 2100 researchers working in a variety of fields. Increasingly, high-performance computing (HPC) is playing an indispensable role in the cultivation of scientific knowledge and technological development, and this trend will only increase in the future. CAC is currently one of Canada’s leading secure HPC environments.

Where is CAC?

CAC’s administrative offices and large central compute and storage clusters are based in Kingston.

How is CAC Governed?

CAC has a Board of Trustees with members appointed from member institutions and non-academic sectors. Responsibility for the formulation and implementation of policy and all operations rests with the Executive Director who reports to the Board.

 

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