Our Systems

SciNet is Canada’s largest supercomputing centre, and we run and make available a range of computing resources for Canadian researchers and innovators.   Below are a description of the systems, and links to find out more.

More technical information and the system status can be found on the SciNet wiki.

General Purpose Cluster (GPC)

The General Purpose Cluster (GPC) is our extremely large “workhorse” cluster (ranked 16th in the world at its inception, then the fastest in Canada) and is where most computations are done at SciNet – it has already performed more than 45,000,000 computations for Canadian researchers.  It is an IBM iDataPlex cluster based on Intel’s Nehalem
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High Performance Storage System (HPSS)

The High Performance Storage System (HPSS) is a tape-backed hierarchical storage system that provides a significant portion of the allocated storage space at SciNet. It is a repository for archiving data that is not being actively used. Data can be returned to the active filesystem on the compute clusters when it is needed. SciNet’s HPSS
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BlueGene/Q (BGQ)

The BGQ is a Southern Ontario Smart Computing Innovation Platform (SOSCIP) BlueGene/Q supercomputer located at the University of Toronto’s SciNet HPC facility. The SOSCIP multi-university/industry consortium is funded by the Ontario Government and the Federal Economic Development Agency for Southern Ontario [1]. A half-rack of BlueGene/Q (8,192 cores) was furthermore purchased by the Li Ka
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SOSCIP GPU Cluster (SGC)

The SOSCIP GPU Cluster (SGC)is a Southern Ontario Smart Computing Innovation Platform (SOSCIP) resource located at the University of Toronto’s SciNet HPC facility. The SOSCIP multi-university/industry consortium is funded by the Ontario Government and the Federal Economic Development Agency for Southern Ontario. The SOSCIP GPU Cluster consists of of 14 IBM Power 822LC “Minsky” Servers
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Power 8 GPU Test System (P8)

The P8 Test System consists of of 4 IBM Power 822LC Servers each with 2x8core 3.25GHz Power8 CPUs and 512GB Ram. Similar to Power 7, the Power 8 utilizes Simultaneous MultiThreading (SMT), but extends the design to 8 threads per core allowing the 16 physical cores to support up to 128 threads. 2 nodes have
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Power 7 Linux Cluster (P7)

SciNet’s Power 7 (P7) cluster consists of 5 IBM Power 755 Servers each with 4x 8core 3.3GHz Power7 CPUs and 128GB Ram. Similar to the Power 6, but running Linux, the Power 7 utilizes Simultaneous Multi Threading (SMT), but extends the design from 2 threads per core to 4. This allows the 32 physical cores
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