A high-performance resource-sharing initiative wins an award

The Canadian Information Productivity Awards (CIPA) recently announced that the Shared Hierarchical Academic Research Computing Network (SHARCNET) is a 2006 Award of Excellence recipient. CIPA is Canada’s oldest and largest awards program in the field of information technology. The award was presented to SHARCNET on Nov. 1 at the Westin Harbour Castle Conference Centre in Toronto.

York University is a member of SHARCNET which is a High Performance Computing (HPC) institute that links 16 leading academic institutions in south-central Ontario. It enables researchers to employ extremely powerful computers to accelerate the pace of their research in a cost-effective, virtual environment and to address complex scientific problems that could not otherwise be studied.

SHARCNET was selected as a Silver Award of Excellence winner for Efficiency & Operational Improvements (not for profit sector) based on an entry which outlined its use of high performance computing technology over an advanced fibre optics network.

CIPA is supported by Managing Sponsor CGI Group Inc., and leading industry technology companies Hewlett-Packard (Canada) Co. and CA Canada, as well as: IDC Canada, research partner; Rogers Communications Inc., IT World Canada and High Road Communications, media partners and allied technology associations around the world.

For more on SHARCNET, see the Dec. 17, 2004 issue of YFile.