Regional System

Meet Siku, our cluster for regional priorities and industry usage.

Installed in late 2019, ACENET’s Siku (meaning “sea ice” in Inuktitut) cluster was funded in large part by the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency (ACOA) with the intention of generating regional economic benefits through industry engagement, while recognizing the important work that ACENET does for academic research in the region. The system is managed in a manner which leads it to be financially self-sustaining under a not-for-profit organization model.

The priority for Siku is paid industry usage with some academia able to tap into unused capacity. Academic researchers may also access the pay-for-use model if they require the same priority as industry on Siku.

Meet Siku:

  • 4500 cores with Intel Cascade Lake CPUs
  • NVIDIA Tesla V100 GPUs to power AI/Machine Learning projects
  • A high-throughput low-latency EDR Infiniband interconnect
  • A 1.5 PB parallel filesystem with data protected by regular tape back-ups
  • 100 Tflops at peak speed
  • Web-based graphical exploration of your data with R-Studio or Python, and a virtual desktop in your browser
  • Stable and secure backup system
  • An extensive range of software is available, but you may need to provide your own license if you’re using commercial products.

Technical help  Technical specifications

Siku is not intended to replace academic researcher use of the national infrastructure, but rather to accommodate needs and priorities that cannot be well met by these systems. Academic researchers can request access to Siku via a light-weight application form to determine if the system is the right fit for your needs.

Access will be reviewed annually in April.

Researcher Access Request Form