New Resources for CBU Researchers

CBU researchers now have another avenue to share their work globally through new video conference equipment with the Atlantic Computational Excellence Network (ACEnet). The network, which links Atlantic Canadian universities, enables users to visually share their research and ideas through video conferencing, webinars, and collaborative software. Although CBU has been a part of ACEnet for several years, the new equipment will allow for new research partnerships.

The equipment is installed in two conference rooms on campu sand will be available to faculty and students. The new system includes three high definition televisions,four cameras and portable microphones which allow for optimal video quality in real time.

Dale Keefe, Dean of Research and Graduate Studies, was the driving force behind CBU joining ACEnet several years ago. He is the chair of the ACEnet users group at CBU, and has already taken advantage of the new equipment to meet with research partners from Memorial University of Newfoundland.

"This equipment, provided through our partnership in ACEnet, will give researchers and students at CBU access to state-of-the-art video equipment enabling them to build research partnerships throughout Canada and all over the world. This equipment really brings us one step closer to the so-called global village. We fully expect that over the coming years this project will have a major impact on the research capacity and competitiveness of CBU and the entire Atlantic region. The equipment will be used for research teams at several locations to discuss research directions and results in the same virtual room," says Dr. Keefe.

ACEnet is a consortium of Atlantic Canadian Universities providing researchers with high performance computing (HPC) resources, collaboration and visualization tools, software, training, and support helping researchers use advanced computing as a means of accelerating discovery and innovation, keeping Atlantic Canada at the forefront of scientific research.

Major users of ACEnet facilities include computational chemists, physicists, engineers, mathematicians and economists. Compute Canada, a network for Canadian universities, provides high performance computing facilities across Atlantic Canada through ACEnet.ACEnet is funded by the Canada Foundation for Innovation (CFI), the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency (ACOA), and the provinces of Newfoundland and Labrador, Nova Scotia, and New Brunswick.

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