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Wilfrid Laurier University Faculty of Science
April 30, 2016
Canadian Excellence

Laurier is a founding member of SHARCNET (, a consortium of universities and colleges operating a network of high-performance compute clusters in south western, central and northern Ontario.

The Shared Hierarchical Academic Research Computing Network (SHARCNET) is a world?class consortium of 16 Ontario colleges and universities in a “cluster of clusters” of high performance computers linked by advanced fiber optics. Its unique infrastructure enables computational research in areas such as science, engineering and business.

Established in 2001, SHARCNET provides leading?edge computational equipment to accelerate the production of research results for academic and industry partners. Its members seek linkages between academic researchers and corporate partners in new business opportunities; to attract and retain the best students, researchers and companies; and to create new opportunities for further building Canada’s knowledge?based economy.

SHARCNET is committed to developing an effective High Performance Computing (HPC) culture in Canada. Its key strategic areas of focus include: genomics, bioinformatics and biocomputation; physics and chemistry of advanced materials; fluid dynamics in engineering, aerospace, astrophysics and geophysics; earth systems and environmental earth sciences; economics, business and finance; and High Performance Computing, visualization, networks and grid computing.

People at Laurier

Dr. Ian Hamilton, Department of Chemistry My research area is theoretical and computational chemistry. In computational chemistry, my focus is on the structure, dynamics, and reactivity of molecular complexes that are of interest in atmospheric and environmental chemistry, as stable species or reaction intermediates and in nanostructured materials as building blocks. Some of these projects are computationally intensive, and we are fortunate to be members of SHARCNET, a high-performance computing consortium in Ontario.

Dr. Ian Hamilton
Department of Chemistry