A WestGrid Member is any institution in Western Canada that pays a membership fee to WestGrid and receives funding through the Canada Foundation for Innovation (CFI) Major Science Initiatives (MSI) program. Each Member can elect a representative to the WestGrid Member Council, which has input on WestGrid governance and strategic planning. WestGrid Members also provide matching funds for all CFI grants.
Some WestGrid Member institutions are also members of Compute Canada. All institutions eligible for funding from the CFI are eligible to become Compute Canada Members upon paying an annual membership fee.
If you are interested in becoming a member of WestGrid and/or Compute Canada, please contact email@example.com for more information.
Note: An institution does not have to be a Member of Compute Canada or a Member of WestGrid for its researchers to have access to the national platform of advanced research computing resources. Accredited faculty members of all Canadian institutions are eligible to use WestGrid and Compute Canada resources.
Institutional Partners are the home institutions of any WestGrid or Compute Canada user or any research organization that collaborates with WestGrid or Compute Canada to lead the acceleration of research and innovation. If you are interested in collaborating with WestGrid as an institutional partner, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
WestGrid and our seven member institutions, as regional partners of Compute Canada, receive funding for the operations and maintenance (O&M) needs of national advanced research computing support through the Canada Foundation for Innovation (CFI) Major Science Initiatives program (MSI). The provincial governments of British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchwan and Manitoba provide the required matching funds for all CFI grants.
WestGrid's advanced research computing facilities are connected through a dedicated WestGrid core network which makes use of CANARIE's national network infrastructure as well as the provincial infrastructure of the National Research and Education Network (NREN) partners in British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan and Manitoba. This allows for very high-speed communications between sites and can be be used for services like large file transfers between sites.
WestGrid's datacentres are powered by state-of-the art advanced research computing resources and we work closely with the following vendors to ensure these systems meet the needs of our user community.