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Advanced Research Computing

What is Advanced Research Computing?

Advanced research computing (ARC) is an important component of Canada’s digital research infrastructure and is used by the public and private sectors for innovation. The term refers to the elements required to perform computationally and data-intensive research and data management, including high-performance computing and storage. ARC relies on high-speed networks, software, standards and data-management services.

In Canada, more than 200 experts, employed by 38 partner universities and research institutions across the country, are fully dedicated to providing excellent support and enabling scientific discovery. Our Alliance DRI Professionals are the national ARC platform’s greatest strength. ARC is not restricted to sciences such as physics and chemistry, it is also a key component of other world-class research, powering everything from curing diseases and discovering planets to taming sea lice in farmed salmon and creating models to test protein-drug interactions. Evolving services, including cloud computing, faster networking, and greater cybersecurity measures, are accelerating the results and advances these researchers can generate.

Who uses ARC?

ARC researchers come from science and industry. They come from all disciplines, including engineering, medical biological and life sciences, chemistry and biochemistry, physics, environmental and Earth sciences, humanities and social sciences and astronomy.

Collaborations between researchers and industry occur frequently in the ARC realm and cut across many sectors, including finance, advanced materials and manufacturing, artificial intelligence, drug development and aerospace.

ARC’s impacts are impressive

  • It accelerates the process of discovery;
  • It maximizes capacity for each project;
  • It helps even small users achieve high levels of academic and global impact.