Resource Competitions FAQ Now Available


Compute Canada’s resource competitions have seen significant growth in demand since the first call for applications in 2011. In 2013, a Fast Track component was added to streamline applications to the main Resource Allocation Competition (RAC), and in 2014 a new Research Platforms and Portals (RPP) Competition was launched to run alongside the RAC and accommodate applications from communities of researchers.

In 2015, Compute Canada received a total of 350 applications its Resource Allocation Competition (220 RAC and 115 Fast Track) and Research Platforms and Portals Competition (15 applications), an increase of almost 20% compared to the previous year.

The advanced research computing (ARC) needs of the Canadian research community continue to grow as the next generation of scientific instruments is deployed, as ARC becomes relevant to answering key questions in an ever broader list of disciplines, as new datasets are gathered and mined in innovative ways, and as technological advances allow researchers to construct ever more precise models of the world around us. The current CC infrastructure must keep pace with the needs of Canadian researchers. Demand for resources has grown each year and our systems are currently running at maximum capacity. Learn about our technical refresh planning here.

For more information on Compute Canada’s resource competition process, please refer to these Frequently Asked Questions or send questions to

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