High Performance Computing¶
Researchers have access to large-scale computing resources and large-scale storage facilities. Service is provided either directly through the IT Services Research Computing Group (RCG) as is the case for The Colony cluster or WestGrid and Compute Canada and it is free for all researchers.
WestGrid operates high performance computing (HPC), collaboration and visualization infrastructure across western Canada. It encompasses 14 partner institutions across British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan and Manitoba - SFU is one of these. All computing resources are shared between the member institutions, i.e., researchers at SFU get access to compute facilities with several thousands of processors (cores) and storage facilities of several petabytes (PB). See the WestGrid web site for more details.
WestGrid is also one of seven partner consortia that make up Compute Canada, a national organization that is helping coordinate and promote the expansion and use of high performance computing in Canada.