Queen’s cancer researchers now have access to high-performance computing at no cost, thanks to a collaboration between Queen’s Centre for Advanced Computing (CAC) and Cancer Computer, a Canadian registered charity that supports cancer research through donations of supercomputing resources.
This gift provides Queen’s cancer research community with 28 million core hours over five years, valued at about $1.2 M, in advanced computing resources such as hardware, processing capacity and technical support.
For the Queen’s Cancer Research Institute, the timing couldn’t have been better, says David Berman, Executive Director. “We’ve recently recruited a number of outstanding new researchers specializing in bioinformatics and computational biology, so these resources are a tremendous boost to our research capabilities,” he says. “Thanks to Don Aldridge, Executive Director of CAC, for making this possible.”
“We are thrilled with this collaboration,” says Don Aldridge, Executive Director of the CAC. “This is a first-of-a-kind partnership in Canada that affords us the opportunity to provide resources to researchers at Queen’s. This powerful computing capacity will have a significant impact on research outcomes.”
The Queen’s Cancer Research Institute is Canada’s only integrated cancer research centre where bench researchers, clinical trials experts and population health researchers work together under one roof. QCRI’s mission is to advance personalized, sustainable, high-value cancer research, treatment and care across Canada and around the world.