Addition of Next-Gen Graphics Processing Tools Gives Canadian Startups More Cloud Power

Deployment of Graphical Processing Units (GPUs) in CANARIE’s DAIR Cloud Infrastructure lets Canadian startups build and test graphics-intensive applications at no cost

[Ottawa, ON]

CANARIE, a vital component of Canada’s digital infrastructure supporting research, education and innovation, today announced the addition of market-leading Graphical Processing Units (GPUs) to its DAIR cloud service. GPUs are specialized chips that massively accelerate software applications’ capabilities to manipulate, visualize and process images and complex algorithms.

Over 700 businesses across a range of industries have taken advantage of CANARIE’s DAIR cloud, which is free to use by Canadian startups and small businesses.  Cloud computing enables businesses to use virtual computing, network and data storage resources on an as-needed basis, with the flexibility to scale these resources based on their needs at any given time.  With this new GPU capability, the DAIR cloud now supports fluid and responsive real-time graphics, enabling the development of immersive user experiences needed in such industries as media and entertainment, healthcare, finance, education, and manufacturing.

In addition to their impact on graphics-centric applications like gaming, video processing, and image recognition, GPUs can also dramatically accelerate the performance of databases and business analytics, boosting product development.

“Across many sectors, we’re seeing businesses developing applications requiring the processing capabilities that only GPUs can enable,” said Randy Jones, Senior Director, Technology Innovation at CANARIE. “We’re happy to continue investing in the DAIR Cloud program to ensure that Canadian startups have access to the technology and resources they need to build and test world-class software applications.”

Cloud-based GPU resources are available today to Canadian startups on an as-needed basis.  For more information or to apply to use CANARIE’s DAIR cloud at no cost, visit

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CANARIE designs and delivers digital infrastructure, and drives its adoption for Canada’s research, education and innovation communities. CANARIE keeps Canada at the forefront of digital research and innovation, fundamental to a vibrant digital economy.

CANARIE evolves the national ultra-high-speed backbone network that enables data-intensive, leading-edge research and big science across Canada and around the world. One million researchers, scientists and students at almost 2,000 Canadian institutions, including universities, colleges, research institutes, hospitals, and government laboratories have access to the CANARIE Network.

CANARIE also leads the development of research software tools that enable researchers to more quickly and easily access research data, tools, and peers. In support of Canada’s ICT sector, CANARIE offers cloud computing resources to startups to accelerate product development, and links a powerful network of public and private sector partners in a Centre of Excellence in Next Generation Networks (CENGN).

Twelve provincial and territorial network partners, together with CANARIE, collectively form Canada’s National Research and Education Network (NREN). This powerful digital infrastructure connects Canadians to national and global data, tools, colleagues, and classrooms that fuel the engine of innovation in today’s digital economy.

Established in 1993, CANARIE is a non-profit corporation, with major investment in its programs and activities provided by the Government of Canada.