President's Report 2007

ACEnet part of groundbreaking network

Memorial University continued work on a super computing network, as part of ACEnet, Atlantic Canada’s Computational Excellence Network. Through an investment of half-a-million dollars from the Canada Foundation for Innovation (CFI) and the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC), ACEnet will join a consortium of high performance computing networks from across the country.

ACEnet is made up of Memorial University of Newfoundland, Saint Mary’s University, University of New Brunswick, St. Francis Xavier University, Dalhousie University, Mount Allison University, Cape Breton University, Acadia University and the University of Prince Edward Island.

It’s a move that will create the first ever pan-Canadian network of high performance computing (HPC) facilities; a national resource that will benefit the entire spectrum of research in Canada. HPC technology benefits science research of all kinds – everything from health sciences to engineering to natural, social and human sciences. The project received a ground-breaking total investment of $78 million.

“This funding will extend ACEnet’s capabilities, enable sharing of facilities on a national level in support of ‘big science,’ and highlight the capabilities of researchers and research infrastructure in Atlantic Canada,” said Dr. Christopher Loomis, chair of the ACEnet board of directors, and Memorial’s vice-president (research).

ACEnet is using the investment to build on initiatives such as the very successful Coast­–to–Coast Mathematics Seminar in which mathematics researchers from Atlantic Canada and the western provinces video conference to collaborate on research on a bi-weekly basis. This will be aided by the addition of five new video conferencing sites to the Atlantic Canada Access Grid Network which will promote further inter-university collaboration. For more on ACEnet, visit www.ace-net.ca