Centre for Scientific Computing (CCS)

The Université de Sherbrooke has technology infrastructures related to the scientific computing needed for research and teaching. The Université de Sherbrooke’s Centre for Scientific Computing (CCS) manages a supercomputer among the most powerful and ecoresponsible (in French) in Canada. Referred to as the Mammouth (mammoth) and installed in the Main Campus’s Pavillon Marie-Victorin, this supercomputer is divided into two clusters, one dedicated to parallel computing (Mammouth-parallèle or Mp), and the other to mass sequential computing (Mammouth-série or Ms). These two clusters allow Mammouth to perform complex mathematical operations in a fraction of the time required for normal calculators and computers.

In addition to ensuring the maintenance, servicing, and upgrading of the Mammouth supercomputer, the team at the Centre for Scientific Computing provides complementary services to users. Among them:

  • Training for Mammouth supercomputer users on how it works;
  • Support for users to conduct their programming and use the system to its full potential;
  • Code optimization to improve code efficiency when executed by Mammouth;
  • Custom program and script development;
  • Assistance in drafting grant applications for the supercomputer, mainly providing technical descriptions and cost estimations.

The Centre for Scientific Computing also houses scientific computing equipment in high-capacity air-conditioned rooms for researchers engaged in this purpose. 

Mammouth is part of the national computing platform coordinated by Compute Canada, which allows all Canadian researchers, regardless of their institution of origin, to have access to state-of-the-art computing equipment. The Mammouth’s operational costs and the services offered to the researchers using it are paid by the Université de Sherbrooke, the NSERC, the Fonds de recherche Nature et technologies Québec, and Nano-Québec, using funds obtained through Compute Canada and Calcul Québec.

For more detailed information on the services offered, please contact the Centre for Scientific Computing team using the contact information listed on the Calcul Québec website.