Streamlining Research and Collaboration in the HPC Ecosystem with Federated Identity

CANARIE’s Canadian Access Federation (CAF) has been collaborating with Compute Canada’s technical committee as well as other HPC users  such as Canada Light Source exploring the intricacies and challenges of identity and the demands placed on identity credentials in the high performance computing ecosystem.

This presentation will discuss the challenges and how practical application of federated identity credential can improve and streamline collaboration and research while maintaining the needed caliber of credential and security throughout.  Illustrative use cases will be used with the opportunity for open dialog.


Chris Phillips, Technology Architect, Canadian Access Federation, CANARIE

Chris Phillips is the Canadian Access Federation(CAF) Technology Architect with CANARIE. CAF is Canada’s identity and access federation operating a suite of technologies; the latest being eduRoam and Shibboleth(SAML). Chris also contributes to next generation open source identity management platforms internationally and is a named contributor to the Simple Cloud Identity Management (SCIM) provisioning protocol which is engaging with the IETF to be an internet standard for identity provisioning.
Chris has a BSc in Computing (’95,Queen’s) and has been in the tech sector for 16 years and in the higher education sector since 2003 working on internet scale systems for directory, mail, single sign on, and identity management systems.

Session Format


Intended Audience

IT management and staff

Session Duration

60 Minutes

Session Schedule

Wednesday, May 2nd, 2012

11:00-12:00 p.m.

Labatt Hall (Room 1700)


Kathryn Anthonisen,Vice-President, Marketing, CANARIE