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Big bucks for Canadian research projects

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Compute Canada (CC), Canada’s national platform of high-performance Computing (HPC) resources, has announced grants of nearly CA$72 million for computing, storage and support resources allocated to 212 research projects across the country.

The grants will allocate nearly one billion processor hours and 10.4 petabytes of storage to the projects over the next year. Researchers will also have direct access to more than 40 programming and technical experts who are critical to enabling the efficient use of these HPC systems.

CC’s distributed resources represent close to two petaflops of compute power, and more than 20 petabytes of storage.

'Compute Canada’s extensive network of computing resources, data storage facilities, research tools and expertise is supporting projects that feed into a thriving Canadian R&D sector and contribute important socio-economic benefits to Canada,' said Bill Appelbe, CC's incoming CEO.

'This year’s allocations represent the diverse and leading-edge science taking place at research institutions across the country.'

Previous projects — which range from aerospace design and climate modelling to medical imaging and nanotechnology — have produced results and breakthroughs that in many cases wouldn’t be possible without CC’s resources.