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Meet Béluga: The latest supercomputer for Canadian researchers

Beluga Calcul Quebec Compute Canada

MONTREAL, QC, April 26, 2019 – Imagine a computer 300,000 times faster than a PC, and with 67,000 times more storage space. Such is Béluga, a supercomputer now serving Québec and Canadian researchers.

Located at the École de technologie supérieure in Montreal, Béluga was first made available at the beginning of April and is now the main high performance computing (HPC) infrastructure in the province.

“Not only do we provide important computing capacity, but Calcul Québec also helps researchers harness this advanced infrastructure. Our team’s expertise is essential to quality research,“ said Suzanne Talon, CEO for Calcul Québec.

Click here for a technical overview of the Béluga system

Béluga’s name refers to the iconic white whale found in the St. Lawrence River. It is the latest addition to Compute Canada’s network of supercomputers, which includes Cedar at Simon Fraser University, Arbutus at University of Victoria, Niagara at University of Toronto and Graham at University of Waterloo.

Preparation of this valuable resource was a collective effort by Calcul Québec’s teams at McGill University, Université de Montréal, Université Laval and Université de Sherbrooke. The project was funded by the Canada Foundation for Innovation (CFI), the Government of Québec and the Fonds de recherche du Québec. Congratulating Calcul Québec for this achievement was CFI’s President and CEO Roseann O’Reilly Runte, who noted that the CFI’s significant investment in state-of-the-art computing and storage equipment provides the necessary resources for Canadian researchers to ​keep pushing the boundaries of innovation.

“Our government is proud of its $12.8 million contribution in support of the Béluga project," said Pierre Fitzgibbon, Minister of Economy and Innovation for the Government of Québec. "Innovation is a key element of flourishing economies and prosperous societies. Through innovation, Québec will be more productive and able to meet the future’s major challenges. Béluga is a state-of-the-art supercomputer and was made available through the exceptional teamwork of our research and teaching institutions. It will become an essential part of advancing research in Quebec.”

About 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.

About Calcul Québec

Calcul Québec is an umbrella organization supporting advanced research computing (ARC) whose members are the École de technologie supérieure, Polytechnique Montréal, Concordia University, McGill University, l’Université Laval, l’Université de Montréal, l’Université du Québec à Montréal, l’Université du Québec à Trois-Rivières et l’Université de Sherbrooke. 

About Béluga

Béluga is part of a network of supercomputers dedicated to research. Preparation of this valuable resource was a collective effort by Calcul Québec’s teams at McGill University, Université de Montréal, Université Laval and Université de Sherbrooke. Located at the École de technologie supérieure, the project was funded by the Canada Foundation for Innovation (CFI), the Government of Québec and the Fonds de recherche du Québec.

Contact 
Vainina Tetuanui
Communications Lead, Calcul Québec
communications@calculquebec.ca
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