Cedar will help Canadian researchers transcend the previous possibilities of Canadian research and innovation in a number of industries including personalized medicine, green tech, artificial intelligence, as well as many other growth industries.
As one of the four new Canadian supercomputing and data centre sites, Cedar will give Canadian researchers unprecedented computing power through ARC resources and expertise. The system features Big Data capabilities in collecting, analyzing, and sharing immense volumes of data.
At the event which took place on April 20, 2017, world-class researchers who will be utilizing Cedar for their work in predictive policing, infectious disease outbreaks, health sciences, and other industries were in attendance to showcase the impact the supercomputer will have on their work.
Tours of the new SFU Data Centre that houses the supercomputer, Cedar were also be available.
SFU molecular biology and biochemistry professor Fiona Brinkman, who studies infectious disease outbreaks, had an interactive advanced research computing (ARC) display, using different types of edible cookies and biscuits to illustrate the need to standardize data and link similar data terminology for Big Data infectious disease analyses, as well as how Big Data can help predict outbreaks sooner. She also demonstrated her interactive, web-based genome viewing tools.
Fiona Brinkman also had a selection of plush microbes on display to illustrate bacterium causing diseases that may be around us, but can't be seen with the naked eye.
SFU physics professor Dugan O'Neil had a presentation on one of the world's largest collaborative efforts in science - CERN's ATLAS Experiment.
SFU computational criminology professor Patricia Brantingham and SFU crime analysis professor Paul Brantingham had a presentation on how the Institute for Canadian Urban Research Studies (ICURS) is transforming how we analyze crime and public safety. Its researchers are uncovering patterns and insights into crime analysis.
University of Calgary professor of biochemistry, Peter Tieleman had a presentation on how his Biocomputing Group creates state-of-the-art computational models of cell membranes so detailed, you can observe every single lipid, protein and water molecule. By gaining a better understanding of the dynamics and processes of cell membranes, the design of drugs can be improved to more effectively treat and even cure some diseases.