Advanced Cryptographic Laboratory

The Advanced Crytography Lab is a major asset to the research abilities of the group. Calculations that might take a single computer 12 to 15 years can be performed in less than a month. Based on the benchmark provided by, CISaC's computational cluster ranked at 256 on the TOP500 Supercomputer List for November 2003.

This large-scale parallel computer was made possible by a grant from Alberta Innovates Technology Futures (AITF) to Dr. Hugh Williams, a $642,000 grant from the Canada Foundation for Innovation to Dr. Michael Jacobson, and a generous contribution from IBM Canada.

The cluster consists of:

152 Computer Nodes IBM HS20 Blades in 11 BladeCenters

  • 139 Dual Intel P4 Xeon 2.4 Ghz, 512k Cache
  • 13 Dual Intel P4 Xeon 2.8 Ghz, 512k Cache
  • 2 GB RAM
  • 40 GB HD

Head Node

  • IBM X345 server
  • Intel P4 Xeon 2.4 Ghz, 512k Cache
  • 1.5 GB RAM
  • 140 GB Disk (RAID 5 volume)
  • Gigabit Ethernet InterconnectIBM X345 server

Cluster Software

  • Redhat Enterprise Linux 3
  • IBM Xtreme Cluster Administration Toolkit
  • Sun ONE Grid Engine
  • GMP multiprecision C library
  • NTL C++ library of number theoretic classes
  • MPICH MPI message passing interface
  • GNU g++ compiler version 3.2.3
  • Intel C Compiler 7.1



Biometrics Technologies Laboratory

The Biometrics Technologies Laboratory (BT Lab) is a research facility that focuses on modeling and simulating biometrics. The BT Lab was created in 2003 with funding support from the Canadian Foundation for Innovations, as well as matching contributions from the Government of Alberta, and the University of Calgary's Faculty of Science, Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, and the Department of Computer Science.

For more information, please visit their website.