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Wilfrid Laurier University Faculty of Science
December 7, 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. Marek Wartak, Department of Physics & Computer Science Marek was named Laurier’s University Research Professor for 2005–2006. He and his research group recently created the world’s first simulator of quantum well-based semiconductor lasers. Based on microscopic principles, this simulator is also able to simulate semiconductor nanostructures including quantum dots. Using this simulator to accurately model new optical communication devices shortens the design time for new products. Marek has received a number of SHARCNET Fellowships to support undergraduate and post doctoral students working on SHARCNET research projects.

Dr. Marek Wartak
Department of Physics & Computer Science