The 2013-2014 fiscal year has been the first year of operation of the High Performance Computing Facilty (HPF) managed by The Centre for Computational Medicine at the SickKids’ Research Institute (RI). HPF offers high performance computing services to all SickKids researchers and clinicians.

The cluster is located in the 6th floor data center of the recently built Peter Gilgan Centre for Research and Learning tower. The state-of-the-art 2000 sq ft data centre is fully equipped with chilled water units and a 450kW redundant UPS system, expendable to 900kW to meet the maximum capacity of the facility. The equipment is distributed in 4 PODs and each POD has two equipment rows, a hot- and a cold-aisle. The power to each row is fed by two Starline bus-way systems connected to UPS power or in the case of the HPC PODs, UPS and utility power.

Mission and Aims

Funded by The Canada Foundation For Innovation (CFI) and The Canadian Institute For Health Research (CIHR), The Centre For Computational Medicine High Performance Computing Facility (CCM HPF) enables cutting-edge research by providing high-performance computing access, up to date biological datasets and applications, together with a consultative expertise, to academic and private-sector researchers throughout Canada and beyond. The CCM HPF allows researchers to access the most sophisticated technologies, applications and resources to harness the power of Genomics, Computational Biology and Bioinformatics for the greatest impact on human health.