The Centre for Advanced Computing


The Centre for Advanced Computing at Queen’s University’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.

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About the CAC


The Centre for Advanced Computing (CAC) at Queen’s University is a data centre and cognitive analytics hub that enables access to digital research infrastructure (DRI) tools and services. We offer high-availability and high-performance compute resources. We are proud to provide 99.997% availability over the last 14 years. A key feature of the CAC is our commitment to security. We conform to national security standards by complying with a variety of frameworks, including academic, ISO 27002, and PHIPA. Our security framework offers researchers one of the most secure academic research environments in Canada. In addition to traditional HPC resources, we offer professional-quality software design and development for data analytics, cognitive computing, and artificial intelligence (AI) applications. Our centre serves as a collaborative resource for cognitive and data-intensive research and application development with clients from academia, clinical, not-for-profit, and industry sectors to deliver successful solutions that help solve real-world challenges. 


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JAN 25: CO Colloquia Series, "How Research Data Management (RDM) Intersects with ARC and Why Should I Care?"

Join Jeff Moon, Compute Ontario, on January 25th, 2023, at 12:00PM ET for a webinar on how research data management (RDM) and advanced research computing (ARC) intersect. The Compute Ontario Colloquia are weekly Zoom presentations on ARC, High Performance Computing, RDM, and Research Software topics, delivered by staff from three Compute Ontario consortia (CAC, SciNet, SHARCNET) and guest speakers. For additional details, please visit the Compute Ontario Colloquia homepage or join directly via Zoom (no registration required). **Zoom links will be posted before each colloquia.


FEB 14-17: Humanities and Social Sciences (HSS) Winter Series 2023

February 14-17th, the Digital Research Alliance of Canada (the Alliance) and the Alliance Federation will be offering an introductory digital research tools webinar series for humanities, arts and social sciences researchers. Register today!

RDM Brown Bag Series

FEB 15: RDM Brown Bag Information Series 2: Session 2 - Developing a Data Management Plan

On February 15, join the Queen’s Data Champion‘s for an R4R session dedicated to learning about the importance of data management planning, what questions to ask when creating a DMP, and what resources are available to you to responsibly manage and document your data throughout the life of your project. Register today!

Research Data Management

MAR 22: RDM Brown Bag Information Series 2: Session 3 - Depositing Your Research Data in a Repository

On March 22, join the Queen’s Data Champion‘s for an R4R session dedicated to learning about the benefits and considerations around depositing your research data into a repository. Register today!

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Cloud Survey

Digital Research Alliance of Canada survey on cloud services in research now open

The Digital Research Alliance of Canada (the Alliance) has launched a survey to better understand how Canadian researchers use the Alliance community cloud or commercial cloud services and to inform the development of a National Cloud Strategy. Researchers and research staff from all disciplines are encouraged to fill out the survey. Findings will help to identify gaps in cloud service provision and improve the functionality of the Alliance Cloud, to better serve the research community. Fill out the survey here. The survey will be open until February 6.

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Queen’s University and other Canadian institutions collaborate to discover new methodologies to predict Bronchopulmonary Dysplasia (BPD) in preterm infants.

Canadian researchers and computer scientists endeavour to discover more comprehensive and inclusive predictive models to better identify Bronchopulmonary Dysplasia (BPD) and death in preterm infants. Read the full story.


CAC partners with Queen's University groups to form qDC and is among 18 winners of Digital Research Alliance of Canada grant

The CAC is thrilled to announce our partnership as a member of the Queen’s Data Champion’s (qDC) team who are one of eighteen groups or individuals being supported in part by funding from the Digital Research Alliance of Canada. Read the full story

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CAC Supports the Revitalization of Indigenous Languages Project at Queen's

Nathan Brinklow (Thanyehténhas), a PhD student at Queen’s University, to discusses how advanced research computing resources have supported the revitalization of Indigenous Languages. Read the full story.

Discover the CAC

Who is the CAC?

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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