Research Computing

Research at UPEI is supported by the university's institutional membership in a number of important technology and communications networks.

Canada's National Research and Education Network (NREN)

The National Research and Education Network (NREN) is an essential collective of infrastructure, tools, and people that bolsters Canadian leadership in research, education and innovation. CANARIE and its twelve provincial and territorial partners form Canada's NREN. We connect Canada's researchers, educators, and innovators to each other and to data, technology, and colleagues around the world.

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NB PEI Educational Computer Network (ECN)

The provinces of New Brunswick and PEI each have a Provincial Research and Education Network. The two research and education networks work collaboratively through the New Brunswick – Prince Edward Island Educational Computer Network (ECN) which provides a sustainable, economical, and reliable high-speed network platform to educational and research organizations throughout the region. It connects them to research and innovation networks across Canada and around the world. The ECN is a model of collaboration and shared services across this geographically, economically, and linguistically diverse region.

How to Connect to Canada's National Research and Education Network

If you are a member of NB PEI ECN, you're already connected to the NREN. If you'd like to connect, contact:

  • David Totton, Network Operations, Senior Director, IT Operations, University of New Brunswick
  • Jeff MacDonald, Infrastructure and Network Design, University of Prince Edward Island

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ACENET is a consortium of post-secondary institutions in Atlantic Canada created in 2003 to serve the computationally-based research needs of researchers at five universities. Our membership has since grown to 12 universities and community colleges and over 900 users. However we serve any researcher at any institution in the region, as well as government departments and qualifying private companies.

Through our activities, ACENET accelerates discovery, helps attract and retain Highly Qualified People in the region, and provides students foundational skills in the high-demand field of advanced computing.

We are a regional partner with Compute Canada, the national organization responsible for advanced research computing in Canada. Through Compute Canada, we provide access to resources from across the country, and represent our regional needs at the national table.

We are supported by the Canadian Foundation for Innovation (CFI), the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency (ACOA), the research and innovation initiatives of the provinces of Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, and Newfoundland & Labrador, and our institutions providing major resources.

The backbone of ACENET's network is CANARIE, which provides advanced networking into each province. Our computing resources are connected by several of CANARIE's National Research & Education Networks (NRENs) partners, including ACORN-NL, the New Brunswick Advanced Network and ACORN-NS, with links of various speeds up to 100 Gigabits/second.

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Compute Canada

Compute Canada, in partnership with regional organizations ACENET, Calcul Québec, Compute Ontario, and WestGrid, leads the acceleration of research and innovation by deploying state-of-the-art advanced research computing (ARC) systems, storage and software solutions. Together we provide essential ARC services and infrastructure for Canadian researchers and their collaborators in all academic and industrial sectors. Our world-class team of more than 200 experts employed by 37 partner universities and research institutions across the country provide direct support to research teams. Compute Canada is a proud ambassador for Canadian excellence in advanced research computing nationally and internationally.

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New Digital Research Infrastructure Organization (NDRIO)

Canada’s New Digital Research Infrastructure Organization (NDRIO) is a national not-for-profit with a vision to harmonize and improve access to digital tools and services for Canadian researchers. NDRIO exists to serve Canadian researchers – ultimately propelling Canada onto the international stage as a leader in the knowledge economy. Its coordination and funding of activities in advanced research computing (ARC), research data management (RDM) and research software (RS) will not only immensely benefit Canadian researchers, but researchers from around the world.

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