IBM, 7 Ontario universities, and government partner on $210-million R&D network

April 11, 2012

IBM Canada Ltd. and a consortium of 7 Ontario universities will collaborate on a multimillion-dollar initiative to create new research capacity using supercomputing and cloud computing. IBM will invest up to $175 million by 2014 in the partnership, complemented by a $20-million federal investment and a $15-million contribution from the Ontario government. The university consortium will use new state-of-the art high performance and cloud computing systems to process data in research areas with significant commercialization opportunities, such as infrastructure, neuroscience, and resource management. IBM will recruit 145 employees for its R&D centre, and negotiate research projects with private partners and the 7 institutions: the University of Toronto (which will house a new supercomputer), Western University (which will host major new cloud-computing infrastructure), plus McMaster, Queen's, UOIT, uOttawa, and uWaterloo. Each university will have access to a large data centre being constructed in Barrie. FedDev Ontario News Release | Globe and Mail | Western U News Release | uToronto News