Compute Canada applauds the Government of Canada's announcement of C$100 million to be invested by the Canada Foundation for Innovation funding in digital research infrastructure in Canada. Compute Canada looks forward to working with the Government of Canada and the Canada Foundation for Innovation to ensure these funds address the urgent and pressing needs in data management and advanced research computing in Canada.
The Canadian federal government is providing significant support for digital research infrastructure, particularly in the academic sector through:
(1) the Canada Foundation for Innovation, which supports high-performance computing through Compute Canada;
(2) CANARIE, which delivers an ultra-high-speed "backbone" network, connecting Canadian researchers nationwide and internationally; and
(3) the granting councils, which provide support to post-secondary researchers for a range of research-related activities, including software and research data management.
The Government of Canada has awarded funding of a total of $100 million from the Canada Foundation for Innovation - $25 million from the Foundation's unallocated interest income as set aside in Economic Action Plan 2013 and $75 million out of the $1.33 billion in new resources provided to the Foundation in Economic Action Plan 2015 - that will be targeted to digital research infrastructure. This funding will build on the $50 million announced by the Foundation for its ongoing Cyberinfrastructure Initiative.
"We are pleased to be recognized as a key pillar of the digital research infrastructure in Canada in the federal budget along with CANARIE and the Canada Foundation for Innovation", stated Mark Dietrich, President and CEO at Compute Canada. "We look forward to working with our partners and members to ensure Canada remains an attractive and competitive place for discovery and innovation."
The advanced research computing (ARC) needs of the Canadian research community continue to grow as the next generation of scientific instruments is deployed, as Big Data and high performance computing become increasingly relevant to answering challenges in an ever broader list including manufacturing, drug discovery, personalized medicine and advanced materials. New data sets are gathered and mined in innovative ways, and technological advances allow researchers to construct ever more precise models of the world around us.
On behalf of the advanced research computing community, Compute Canada appreciates the opportunity for regular and predictable capital investment to ensure advanced research computing in Canada remains current and competitive. Regular investments will go a long way to support research excellence in Canada and to help Canada to keep pace with global opportunities.
In addition, the Government's Economic Action Plan 2015 proposes to provide $105 million over five years, starting in 201516, for CANARIE to continue to support the operations of Canada's ultra-high-speed research network. Funding will support the evolution of the network to meet growing demand and ensure it will continue to support world-class research collaborations across the country and internationally.
As Canada's national ultra-high-speed backbone network, CANARIE enables data-intensive, leading-edge research and big science across Canada and around the world. Researchers in academic institutions, major science facilities and federal labs use CANARIE to maximize the impact of their findings by disseminating knowledge and collaborating effectively in national and international research projects. CANARIE also benefits entrepreneurs and small businesses by providing access to Cloud resources that can help to accelerate product development and sharpen their competitive edge in the global marketplace.
CANARIE's Digital Accelerator for Innovation and Research (DAIR) programme provides Canadian entrepreneurs with free access to high-performance Cloud resources. DAIR enables small businesses to accelerate product development while reducing costs by levering the scale, speed and agility of Cloud resources.
SavvyDox, an Ottawa-based company providing a technology platform that enables users to collaborate and to share and edit sensitive documents with similar results as having a face-to-face meeting, used DAIR during its product development and validation phase. The company has indicated that Cloud technologies are critical to both ongoing product development and testing, facilitating seamless delivery of the product to a global client base.
ZEROSPAM Security Inc., headquartered in Montreal, used DAIR's platform to experiment with different complex systems to benchmark the efficiency of its spam filtering solutions. According to the company, DAIR offered an affordable, easily accessible way to test and evaluate potential product offerings.
To date, approximately 300 small and medium-sized businesses across Canada have used DAIR to lower their costs and get their products to markets faster.