The Centre for Interdisciplinary Research in the Mathematical and Computational Sciences (IRMACS)

Simon Fraser University, Burnaby, British Columbia
What the facility does

Interdisciplinary research, computational science, mathematical modelling, data management and analysis, bioinformatics, visual analytics, 3D visualization, remote collaboration

Areas of expertise

IRMACS is about the science that it drives, facilitates, and nurtures. It provides an environment that advances existing research programs, while at the same time incubating nascent and emerging new interdisciplinary research. The IRMACS Centre houses research projects for varying periods, providing physical workspace, state-of-the-art computational and communications resources, and expert technical support. Utilizing the carefully designed lab space and meeting room facilities and its extensive technological infrastructure (networking, computation, data storage, collaboration, and visualization), IRMACS removes the traditional boundaries between scientific disciplines and physical boundaries due to distance, creating a synergistic, collaborative environment that supports interdisciplinary research among colleagues locally, nationally and around the world.

The IRMACS Centre provides to its projects:

  • Support, promotion and housing of high-quality interdisciplinary research groups
  • Promotion of new scientific projects and collaborations
  • Provision of state-of-the-art communications resources for scientific collaboration
  • Provision and co-ordination of significant computational and visualization resources
  • Housing of visiting researchers for both short-term (days or weeks) and long-term sabbaticals
Research services

Interdisciplinary research lab space, Hosting interdisciplinary research projects, Hosting visiting researchers, Bioinformatics facility, Mathematical modelling expertise, High-performance computation, Campus-wide data storage, Secure data storage, Scientific gateways, Data analytics, 3D Visualization, HD remote collaboration infrastructure, Distributed seminar series coordination, Research technical support, Research administrative support, Meeting rooms, Conference and workshop space, Conference and workshop support, Website design and hosting

Sectors of application
  • Arts and cultural industries
  • Defence and security industries
  • Education
  • Environmental technologies and related services
  • Fisheries and aquaculture
  • Forestry and forest-based industries
  • Healthcare and social services
  • Information and communication technologies and media
  • Life sciences, pharmaceuticals and medical equipment
  • Ocean industries
  • Policy and governance


25,000 sq. ft. computer laboratory and meeting room space

90+ computer workstations

Scientific gateways, web portals, and web servers, data management, data analytics

Research storage facilities (campus-wide access to large data storage)

Secure storage facilities (multi-tiered secure storage)

Dedicated IRMACS and Compute Canada HPC Computation

Advanced remote collaboration (video conferencing) technologies

State-of-the-art scientific visualization software and hardware

Advanced networking, linking IRMACS directly to the CANARIE network and WestGrid/Compute Canada High-Performance Computing (HPC) Facilities

Mathematical modelling facility (lab, software, expertise)

Visual Analytics Facility (lab, software, VDI infrastructure, expertise)

Bioinformatics Facility (computation, storage, expertise)

Research project labs (computer labs)

Meeting facilities (technically sophisticated meeting rooms)

Conference and workshop facilities (technically sophisticated 3D presentation studio, meeting rooms, and reception space)

  • B.C. Ministry of Justice
  • B.C. Ministry of Health
  • My Own Bits Software
  • The EMMES Corporation
  • MapleSoft Sierra Systems



IRMACS video archive

IRMACS photo stream

Coast to Coast Seminar Series

Complex Systems Modelling Group

Modelling of Complex Social Systems Program

Human Evolutionary Studies Programme

Vancouver Institute for Visual Analytics

Math Catcher Project