Waterloo, Ontario — Today, Peter Braid, Member of Parliament for Kitchener-Waterloo, on behalf of the Honourable James Moore, Minister of Industry, announced $30 million for the development of an advanced research computing platform that will enable Canadian researchers to gain a far deeper understanding of how the scientific, social, health and economic worlds connect.
The national platform comprises advanced hubs housed at four institutions: Simon Fraser University, the University of Victoria, the University of Toronto and the University of Waterloo. It is being managed by an independent organization called Compute Canada, and is available to researchers at all Canadian universities, regardless of location or discipline.
Duane Cronin, a mechanical engineering professor at the University of Waterloo, will harness the computational power of this large-scale platform to rapidly model the ways in which a vehicle - and its passengers - respond in crash scenarios. His results will be used to shape the next generation of safer, smarter cars.
The Government of Canada’s investment, made through the Canada Foundation for Innovation’s (CFI’s) Cyberinfrastructure Initiative will prompt a new wave of discoveries that will improve the livelihood of Canadians, create prosperity, and reaffirm the nation’s reputation for research excellence and innovation.
- The CFI’s Cyberinfrastructure Initiative is a funding program that supports leading-edge research by providing the necessary digital infrastructure and robust computational power required to make sense of big data.
- Over the past 16 years, the CFI has invested some $360 million in cyberinfrastructure, for a total investment of about $900 million, when funds from partnering organizations are taken into account.
- In Economic Action Plan 2015, the Government of Canada proposed an additional investment of $1.33 billion in the CFI, the largest single investment ever made to support research infrastructure in the country.
- The Cyberinfrastructure Initiative is in line with the government’s digital strategy, Canada Digital 150, and its goals of connecting Canadians and creating economic opportunities through cutting-edge research.
– Peter Braid, Member of Parliament for Kitchener-Waterloo
– James Moore, Minister of Industry and Minister responsible for British Columbia
– Gilles Patry, President and CEO, CFI
– Feridun Hamdullahpur, President and Vice-Chancellor, University of Waterloo
– Duane Cronin, Mechanical Engineering Professor, University of Waterloo
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