SHARCNET: A Compute Canada-Compute Ontario facility

The University of Western Ontario, London, Ontario
What the facility does

Infrastructure and services supporting computational research. This facility is part of the pancanadian high-performance computing network managed by Compute Canada (nationally) and Compute Ontario (provincially).

Areas of expertise

The Shared Hierarchical Academic Research Computing Network (SHARCNET) is a consortium of 18 universities, colleges and research institutes providing a range of high performance computers and software, linked by an advanced fibre optics network. Its overall aim is to promote the use of high-performance computing to accelerate the production of research results for researchers, Canadian industries, the economy and society in general. SHARCNET is a leading provider of this critical enabling technology and of training for highly qualified experts in computation. Thus, it plays a major role in supporting innovation in both academic and industrial research environments.

Research services

Scientific and high performance computing, storage, visualization, programming, HPC technical training

Sectors of application
  • Aerospace and satellites
  • Automotive
  • Chemical industries
  • Clean technology
  • Defence and security industries
  • Education
  • Energy (renewable and fossil)
  • Environmental technologies and related services
  • Financial services and insurance
  • Healthcare and social services
  • Information and communication technologies and media
  • Life sciences, pharmaceuticals and medical equipment
  • Mining, minerals and metals
  • Utilities

Specialized facility 



Throughput cluster


33,448 cores, serial farming and parallel applications.



8,832 cores, low latency parallel applications.



50+ PB

Researcher-contributed systems 


Totalling 1000+ cores for a variety of special needs and serves as a general pool of resources for serial and parallel applications.



Various articles

Information on infrastructure, systems and services available at all sites managed by Compute Canada and/or Compute Ontario