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. 


Interested in learning more? Fill out our short Client intake survey below.This tool assists our team in better understanding the requirements and priorities of your research project.

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RAC 2023

RECORDING & SLIDES: RAC 2023 Prep Session

Looking for the recording and slides from today’s 2023 Resource Allocation Competition (RAC) prep session? You’ve come to the right spot! You’ll find all the resources you need below.

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Have Questions about your 2023 RAC application? Visit the Alliance’s 2023 RAC webpage or email questions to

C Plus Bootcamp

C++ Bootcamp | Atelier intensif C++

Five mornings to learn C++ for high-speed simulations and processing

Interested in learning more about C++? Join Peter Darveau, University of Ottawa, for an in-depth 5-day bootcamp dedicated to learning C++! Did you know programs created with C++ are much faster than similar programs? Register today!

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CAC in the NEWS


The CAC collaborates with researchers Carolyn DeLoyde and Betsy Donald and local Kingston partners to create new “Kingston Dashboard”, an innovative platform designed to act as a digital connection hub for community information and resources. Read the full article here.

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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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