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Cancer Computer supports researchers in the cure for cancer by connecting them with the computer hardware, processing capacity and IT support they need.


Cancer Computer works with some of the world’s most renowned organizations leading the way in cancer research.

In the spring of 2016, Cancer Computer approached the OSG, asking to be a resource provider. We initially provided 96 cores of processing, and then increased our offering to 168 cores, in the fall of 2016.

We are the only Canadian resource provider, out of 132 leading U.S. leading research institutions. We were highlighted by OSG, at their All-Hands meeting, at the San Diego Supercomputer Center, at the University of San Diego, in the spring of 2017, for our efforts, and for being the first domain-specific resource provider; allowing OSG and Cancer Computer, to work together, to allow OSG to allow further domain-specific resourcing, in the future.

In the fall of 2017, OSG partnered us up with the Extreme Science and Engineering Discovery Environment (XSEDE)., to process different types of Cancer research.


In the summer of 2016, Cancer Computer started processing work for the Indiana University School of Medicine’s ‘SPLInter Molecular Interaction Prediction Tool’, work to pinpoint proteins in cancer cells, and find compounds that target those proteins, all in hopes of shutting them down.

Since the time of our joining this project, we have contributed around 10% of all the processing to date. In fact, from the period of February to April 2017, we were in second place overall, on the weekly contribution statistics.

Recently, the IU School of Medicine has started up the project again, after collecting more data to process during the summer, and Cancer Computer hopes to increase it’s contribution.


Since the May of 2017, we have completed 141,000 results for the Mapping Cancer Markers, a public project, the search for molecular markers that will help researchers detect cancer earlier, run via IBM’s World Community Grid (WCG).

When processors on any of Cancer Computer’s servers are not being used at 100%, we allow a program to scavenge those unused cycles, and process workloads from the Princess Margaret Cancer Center. As of October 30, 2017, we have contributed 42 years of compute time, to this project, or about 0.02%.

As we expand in 2018, we’re hoping to increase our contribution to about 500-1000 years of compute time, per year.

Powering Cancer Research

If you are a cancer researcher in need of hardware or resources, we can help you harness the power of the cloud to accelerate your research with computing power, storage, workflow software and the expert services so you can publish first and faster – with little or no cost to you.

Find us on the Open Science Grid or contact us below.


Cancer Computer relies on the generosity of corporate sponsors to help fuel and support the valuable research being done today.

In the summer of 2017, Ross Video donated six Dell PowerEdge Servers with 256GB of RAM, two 24 TB Network Attached Storage devices, and two network switches, along with the necessary accessories to install them in a server rack.

This equipment was then installed at a collocation facility and deployed in a 72-core / 1.5TB RAM / 48TB storage, configured to support several researchers simultaneously.

Researchers connect to this resource via a Web-based platform to process their data intensive cancer research, free of charge. Researchers can then select from common workflows, or build their own; using hundreds of open source tools, and then can save, and download their processed data and results.

In the spring of 2017, Rack & Data not only donated ½ rack at their Kitchener collocation facility, but also graciously provided assistance in racking and troubleshooting some issues, when the cluster was being set up.

The equipment here, a 72-core / 768GB RAM / 48TB storage, cluster, is currently configured to run cloud services for up to 12 researchers. This cluster’s power usage varies between 1000-2000 watts of power, donated by Rack & Data.

These virtual private servers are for researchers to do low-to-medium intensity work, installing their open applications, over long durations, or as additional process and storage resources, to accentuate their existing granted resources. These can be long duration, and researchers are granted up to 2TB of secure data storage, for extended periods.

In the summer of 2016, CDNHost donated ½ rack at their Gatineau collocation facility. The owner has been very accommodating, providing after-hours access, as our resources expanded, and we increased our footprint.

Currently we have 168-cores and a GPU-server running high performance computing and heterogeneous computing workloads. In December 2017, we will be moving to CDNHost’s new facility in Ottawa, and will be deploying a net-new, 108-core HPC cluster.

All of the work done at this location, runs batch jobs, such as metagenomics for the University of Nebraska Medical School, custom protein design for the University of California, San Francisco; and constructing high-scale gee interaction graphs at Clemson University, amongst others, via the Open Science Grid (OSG) and the Extreme Science and Engineering Discovery Environment (XSEDE).

Corporate Sponsorship & Hardware Donations

Donate your end-of-life hardware to Cancer Computer!

Donated hardware is reconditioned by the Cancer Computer IT team. We issue tax receipts for hardware donations and host data centre partners’ operating costs associated directly with the Cancer Computer node(s).

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