Ontario SMBs offered access to high performance computing resources

Could your business benefit from access to high performance computing (HPC) resources and collaboration with university researchers? If so, Ontario Centres of Excellence (OCE) would like to hear from you.

OCE, and its partner the Southern Ontario Smart Computing Innovation Platform (SOSCIP) Consortium, are is now accepting applications for its HPC program through April 30th. Interested Ontario businesses are invited to submit proposals for research proposals that will be undertaken with university researchers and using HPC platforms.

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What is HPC? Think supercomputers – systems with massive numbers of processors capable of processing massive amounts of data. Once the realm of government and select universities, HPC is now accessible to the enterprise and is use in areas such as quantum mechanics, weather forecasting and oil and gas exploration. While still financially out of the reach of SMBs, the OCE program aims to change that.

The program is intended to help Ontario businesses collaborate with top researchers, leverage HPC to solve real-world problems, and create new products or services that can be commercialized in Ontario.

To be eligible, you must be an Ontario-based company with manufacturing or R&D operations in the province, fewer than 1,000 employees, and a research partner from an Ontario university. Proposals must fall within one of three themes: health applications, smarter infrastructure or agile computing.

For more information, read the Call for Proposals.

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Jeff Jedras is a technology journalist with IT World Canada and a member of the IT Business team. He began his career in technology journalism in the late 1990s, covering the Ottawa technology sector for Silicon Valley North and the Ottawa Business Journal. He later covered the technology scene in Vancouver before joining IT World Canada in Toronto in 2005, covering enterprise IT for ComputerWorld Canada and the channel for Computer Dealer News. His writing has also appeared in the Vancouver Sun & the Ottawa Citizen.

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