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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2023 summer school

2023 Compute Ontario Summer School is now OPEN!

JUN 12-29: We are thrilled to announce that registration for the highly anticipated 2023 Compute Ontario Summer School is now OPEN! Join us for a series of virtual workshops delivered by industry experts. With nearly 30 courses in two parallel streams, this immersive learning experience is designed to take your skills to the next level. Explore topics ranging from advanced research computing basics to high-performance computing tools, programming languages, machine learning, visualization, programming GPUs, and bioinformatics. Our workshops cater to all skill levels, from introductory to advanced. Register for one, some, or all of the workshops and customize your learning journey. To learn more and register, visit our official website.


Lunaris is now in full production!

Lunaris, the Alliance’s national discovery service for multidisciplinary data, is now in full production. Several new features and improvements have been added since its beta launch in March 2023. Learn more

Researcher Council

Apply to serve on the Researcher Council

The Alliance is accepting applications and nominations for the Researcher Council. This is a unique opportunity for researchers from across the country to make an impact on the digital research infrastructure (DRI) ecosystem in Canada. The deadline to apply has been extended to June 12. Learn more and apply

RS Survey

Assessing the impact and needs of research software in Canada

Earlier this month, we launched a survey to better understand how Canadian researchers use research software and to inform the development of a National Research Software Strategy. If you use, develop, or support the use of research software, we want to hear from you. Later this year, we will be sharing a draft of that research software strategy, giving you an additional opportunity to weigh in on what you feel should be the priorities for the Alliance and its stakeholders. Complete the survey here by June 2.

News click the link

neonatal baby held by adult hand

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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