York University joins the Southern Ontario Smart Computing Innovation Platform

Robert Hache

York University joined the Southern Ontario Smart Computing Innovation Platform (SOSCIP), a consortium that enables collaborative R&D between university researchers, IBM and small to medium-sized enterprises.

Robert Hache
Robert Haché

“Membership in the SOSCIP will provide researchers at York with new opportunities to access and receive support for high-performance computing in their research work, beyond the existing support mechanisms that are currently available,” said  York Vice-President Research and Innovation Robert Haché.  “It also provides opportunities for collaboration with researchers at the other universities in the consortium, as well as with the industry partner, IBM.”

Representing York University at a special welcoming ceremony on April 15 at the MaRS Centre were York University’s Chief Information Officer Bob Gagne, and Walter Tholen, vice-president research and innovation.

The Southern Ontario Smart Computing Innovation Platform is a research consortium established in April 2012. The consortium pairs academic and industry researchers with high performance computing to analyze big data and fuel innovation leadership in Canada within the areas of computing, health, water, energy and cities. The consortium members include the IBM Canada’s Research and Development Centre as well as seven Ontario universities, led by University of Toronto and Western University. Other participants include McMaster University, Queen’s University, University of Ontario Institute of Technology, University of Ottawa, and University of Waterloo. York University joined the consortium, as of April 1, 2014.

For more information, visit the SOSCIP website.