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Loyalist College Joins High Performance Computing Consortium

August 30, 2007

The High Performance Computing Virtual Laboratory (HPCVL) has officially welcomed Loyalist College as a partner and collaborator within the high performance cluster. With a focus on providing researchers with the secure High Performance Computing (HPC) resources, tools and user support needed to conduct innovative research in a wide spectrum of disciplines, HPCVL was originally formed in 1998 as a consortium of Carleton University, Queen’s University, the Royal Military College of Canada, and the University of Ottawa. It has since grown to include Ryerson University, Loyalist College and Seneca College, and has evolved into one of the premier secure HPC resources available for research in the world.

"Ontario’s colleges now have a research mandate, and we are extremely pleased that Loyalist has chosen to help further their research infrastructure by becoming partners in HPCVL," said Dr. Ken Edgecombe, Executive Director of HPCVL. "The institution brings a wealth of experience from private sector partnerships that will prove invaluable for the lab and its members."

"HPCVL is known for its significant research achievements and also for its progressive approach in positioning itself for the future," added Mark Kirkpatrick, Director of Information Technology Services at Loyalist. "They are poised to help take Canadian and international research to greater heights of success and we are eager to be a part of this. Through this collaborative opportunity our researchers are working with colleagues at the consortium institutions. Additionally, Loyalist was part of a grant received by HPCVL that we hope will enable Loyalist to build an access grid to enhance collaborative communications for applied research."

HPCVL has worked with researchers across an enormous range of disciplines, from computational fluid dynamics to bioinformatics and psychology. They have been compared to a national archive, warehousing the knowledge, ideas and facts of thousands of research projects. The role of HPCVL is to keep this information alive and accessible, not only for today, but for the next generation of researchers. For more information regarding this consortium, visit


Media Contact: Marilyn Warren, Communications, Loyalist College, (613) 969-1913, ext. 2332; email: or Mark Kirkpatrick, Director of Information Technology Services, (613) 969-1913, ext. 2356