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U of M computers get major muscle power
Posted Wednesday, March 18, 2009 12:27 PM

The University of Manitoba will build a new facility to house some of the most powerful computers in Canada, thanks to the $2.1 million it received from the Federal Government.

The Honourable Lynne Yelich, Minister of State for Western Economic Diversification, announced funding, made through the Western Diversification Program, of a High Performance Computing (HPC) facility at a press conference.

“Advances in science and technology are essential to strengthen the competitiveness of Canada’s economy”, said Minister Yelich.  “By investing in projects like the High Performance Computing facility, the Government is doing its part to ensure that Canada is well positioned for success in today’s global economy.”

The funding will be used to construct a special facility at the University of Manitoba’s Fort Garry Campus to house the HPC technology, which will become part of the Western Canada Research Computing Grid, a regional HPC consortium, and will contribute to Canada’s national HPC infrastructure.

(HPC) is an integrated computing environment used for solving large-scale computational demanding problems in science, engineering, and business. Newly emerging areas of HPC applications include medical sciences, transportation, financial operations, and advanced human-computer interface such as virtual reality.

“The University of Manitoba is thrilled to be home to the new High Performance Computing facility,’’ said Dr. David Barnard, President and Vice-Chancellor of the University of Manitoba. “We take our role as a research, education and innovation leader in the community very seriously. This new facility is further proof of that commitment.”

Western Economic Diversification Canada in partnership with the provinces, industry associations, and communities promotes the development and diversification of the western economy, coordinates federal economic activities in the West and represents the interests of western Canadians in national decision-making.

For more information, contact:
Sean Moore
Communications Officer
Marketing Communications Office
Phone: (204) 474-7963
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