The Centre for Advanced Computing


The Centre for Advanced Computing (CAC) at Queen’s University specializes in providing highly-available advanced computing and cloud resources and support for academic, not-for-profit, government, medical, and private sector clients. The Centre’s commitment to security is highlighted through their conformity to national security standards and offers clients one of the most secure academic research environments in Canada. The CAC is proud to provide 99.997% availability over the last 11 years.

In 2017 the CAC’s services expanded to include a team of analysts and developers known as the Cognitive Development Hub. The Hub is a professional-quality software design and development lab for data analytics, cognitive computing, and artificial intelligence (AI) applications.  It serves as a collaborative resource for cognitive and data-intensive research and application development. The Hub works with 50+ clients from the medical field, academia, not-for-profits, industry and more to deliver successful solutions to help solve real-world challenges. The Hub enhances access to big data analytics and machine learning software such as, IBM Watson APIs, Watson Explorer, IBM Cloud and many more.

With expertise in a variety of scientific fields, tools, and infrastructure the CAC hosts a unique environment. The Centre is committed to providing the highest quality and most secure services resources available to Canadian researchers to translate research into actionable results. Our goal is to be a catalyst for innovation in research.


Our contributions support organizations in the advanced research 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.

In the News

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


CAC Welcomes New Director!

Today, 12th May, 2021 the Centre for Advanced Computing at Queen’s University welcomes Alex Lemnaru as the new Director, Advanced Research Computing. Welcome, Alex!

SciNet Virtual Summer Training Program

Don’t miss the opportunity to sharpen your high-performance computing skills with the SciNet Virtual Summer Training Program, June 14th to September 3rd, 2021. Register today!

Register now for the Ontario East HPC Summer School

Unfortunately, this year’s Summer School is at capacity; however, we are still accepting waitlist registrations for all workshops, running from August 16th-26th, 2021. We look forward to hosting you this summer!

WestGrid Summer School

Don’t miss the opportunity to sharpen your high-performance computing skills with the WestGrid Summer School, April 27th to July 27th, 2021. Register today!

ACENET Parallel Computing School

Join ACENET for a summer parallel computing school designed for participants familiar with the Linux command line and who have some level of programming experience. Register today!

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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