The Centre for Advanced Computing


The CAC’s mission is to empower researchers to conduct world-class leading research by enabling Digital Research Infrastructure (DRI) services that advance research outcomes, collaborations, and impacts.


Our contributions support organizations in the DRI community to fulfill their research initiatives. These organizations often include vulnerable groups such as, indigenous peoples and LGBTQ+ groups. In collaboration with our partner, Compute Ontario, the stories of these organizations are illustrated in our recent video project.

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Keep up-to-date with the latest news in the Advanced Research Computing community and engage with upcoming events!


Compute Canada Federation National Training: Visualization with ParaView

The Compute Canada Federation, which includes partners WestGrid, Compute Ontario, Calcul Québec and ACENET is launching a series of national training workshops along with the Portage Network. These online workshops are designed to complement local training with topics that are more specialized or advanced, thus broadening access to skills development for our user community.

4,5 October, 13:00-16:00hrs Eastern

ParaView is an open source, multi-platform data analysis and visualization tool designed to run on a variety of hardware from individual laptops to supercomputers. This intermediate to advanced level workshop teaches animation, scripting, and remote visualization, along with  animating a turbine dataset (keyframe, camera movement, time evolution).

The SHARCNET Introduction to ARC Courses

Join The SHARCNET Introduction to ARC Course offering! This offering takes place over two semesters ending by the summer semester in time for SHARCNET‘s annual summer school courses.

In this offering each topic is its own course, enabling one to enrol in the topics they are interested in and to not have to scroll through material one is not interested in.

Each week has two live sessions taking place on Mondays and Thursdays starting at 2pm Eastern Time. (Live sessions will vary between instruction-based and workshop/lab-based.) Each live session will typically last between 1h and 1.5h in length.

Have questions or need help? Please ask such by sending an email to

Register now for the Ontario East HPC Summer School

La fédération Calcul Canada, qui comprend  WestGrid, Calcul Ontario, Calcul Québec, ACENET, lance une série d’ateliers en collaboration avec le réseau Portage. Ces ateliers virtuels sont conçus en complément des formations offertes au niveau local et abordent des sujets spécialisés ou avancés afin de développer davantage l’expertise dans nos communautés de recherche.

Les 2 et 3 novembre, de 13 h à 14 h (HE)

ParaView est un outil d’analyse et de visualisation de données multiplateforme et ouvert conçu pour fonctionner tant sur un ordinateur portable que sur un superordinateur. Cet atelier de niveau avancé traitera d’animation, de scriptage et de visualisation à distance. Un exercice pratique montrera comment animer un jeu de données d’une turbine (image clé, mouvement de la caméra, trajectoire).

ACENET Basics: Introduction to Linux

Tue, Sep 28, 2021 @ 12:00pm – 1:30pm

Status: Completed

This core session is designed to help new users at ACENET and Compute Canada get up and running.

Linux is the terminal interface used to enable you to use the ACENET and Compute Canada HPC clusters from your desktop. It’s the tool you need to get your data on the clusters, run your programs, and get your data back. In this session, learn how to get started with Linux, how to create and navigate directories for your data, load files, manage your storage, run programs on the computing clusters, and set file permissions. This workshop is designed for those with no prior experience in working with a terminal interface.

This session will be delivered online.

Compute Canada RAC 2022 Q&A Session

Each fall, Compute Canada invites researchers to apply to our annual Resource Allocation Competitions (RAC) and request storage and compute resources beyond what can be obtained via the Rapid Access Service.

These competitions are open to researchers from all disciplines based at Canadian academic institutions who are eligible to apply for funding from the federal granting agencies.

RAC 2022 will launch on September 23, 2021. To learn more about this year’s competitions, we are hosting an online Q&A Session. Everybody is welcome!

Frontenac Registration Portal is Live!

The Frontenac Platform is an advanced research environment specifically designed for the research community. Interested in registering for services with the CAC? Our new self-serve portal is now live and designed to simplify your sign-up process! Create an account, price out services and contact our experts in one simple tool. Register today!

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