Names, Terms, and Acronyms


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ACENET

ACENET is a consortium of post-secondary institutions in Atlantic Canada serving the computationally intense and large scale data research needs of its researchers. ACENET is a regional partner with Compute Canada. URL: https://www.ace-net.ca/


Advanced Computing

Advanced computing utilizes high-performance computing, scientific visualization, data analysis, data science, storage, and/or cloud systems to perform computations.


Advanced Research Computing

Advanced research computing (ARC) includes (but is not limited to) high performance computing, advanced computing, artificial intelligence, big data, visualization, storage, software, portals, and platforms involved with research at Canadian academic and research institutes.


Arbutus Cloud

Arbutus is a cloud managed by WestGrid, located at the University of Victoria, and is a national system. See https://docs.computecanada.ca/wiki/Cloud for more information.


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bélgua

Béluga is a compute cluster located at l'École de technologie supérieure, Université du Québec and is one of the national systems. Its login nodes can be accessed via SSH by connecting to beluga.computecanada.ca. Its Globus endpoint is computecanada#beluga-dtn. See https://docs.computecanada.ca/wiki/Beluga for more information.


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Calcul Québec

Calcul Québec (CQ) is a consortium of Québec universities brought together by the Advanced Research Computing needs of the research community needs of its members. CQ is a regional partner with Compute Canada. URL: http://www.calculquebec.ca/

cedar

Cedar is a compute cluster located at Simon Fraser University in British Columbia, or,  and is one of the national systems. Its login nodes can be accessed via SSH by connecting to cedar.computecanada.ca. Its Globus endpoint is computecanada#cedar-dtn. See https://docs.computecanada.ca/wiki/Cedar for more information.

NOTE: Depending on context, "cedar" might be intended to refer to Cedar Cloud.


Cedar Cloud

Cedar cloud is managed by WestGrid, located at Simon Fraser University, and is a national system. See https://docs.computecanada.ca/wiki/Cloud for more information.


Centre for Advanced Computing

The Centre for Advanced Computing supports Advanced Computing Research in partnership with Compute Ontario and Queen's University. URL: https://cac.queensu.ca/


cloud computing

Cloud computing is the on-demand availability of computer system, storage, and networking resources and services in a way that does not necessarily always require the active management by a person. Typically a cloud will provide the ability to create one or more virtual machines located within a virtual network with appropriate amounts of disk space. Each virtual machine may or may not be mapped to an externally accessible Internet address. (If not, then such machines must be accessed through the cloud management interface.)

NOTE: Access to Compute Canada's clouds is via OpenStack web interfaces, however, before one can log in and use such, one must request access. See: https://docs.computecanada.ca/wiki/Cloud for more details.



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