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High Performance Computing


The Research IT-High Performance Computing (RIT-HPC) service is a Core Facility at SickKids which provides infrastructure to run advanced application programs efficiently, reliably and quickly. The RIT-HPC service offers enhanced data processing capability using powerful compute processing, large capacity storage and a high-speed network infrastructure. The services are available to all SickKids researchers and clinicians.

The cluster is located in the 6th floor data centre of the Peter Gilgan Centre for Research and Learning (PGCRL). The state-of-the-art 2000 square foot data centre is fully equipped with chilled water units and a 450 kilowatt redundant uninterruptible power supply (UPS) system, expendable to 900 kilowatts to meet the maximum capacity of the facility. The equipment is distributed in four point of delivery (PoD) modules, 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 PoDs, UPS and utility power.


Funded by the Canada Foundation for Innovation (CFI) and the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR), the RIT-HPC 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 RIT-HPC 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.

To apply for an RIT-HPC account for your lab, email