Results of the 2021 Resource Allocation Competitions

On March 16, 2021, award letters were issued to all applicants to the 2021 Resource Allocation Competitions (RAC). Allocations started on April 1, 2021, and are valid until the end of March 2022. Demand continues to outstrip supply. This year’s Resource Allocation Competitions (RAC) awarded 40% of the total compute requested, 90% of the total storage requested, 22% of the total GPUs requested, and 100% of the total cloud CPUs (vCPUs) requested.

Canada’s national advanced research computing (ARC) platform is delivered through the Compute Canada Federation (CCF), which is a partnership of Compute Canada, regional organizations (WestGrid, Compute Ontario, Calcul Québec and ACENET) and institutions across Canada. Providing researchers with access to the infrastructure and expertise they need to accomplish transformative research, it serves the needs of nearly 18,000 users, including over 4,800 faculty based at Canadian institutions as of January 1, 2021. 

For RAC 2021, the national ARC platform provided approximately 233,000 CPU cores, 62,000 virtual CPUs, 2,610 GPUs and 150 PB of storage on Cedar (Simon Fraser University), Graham (University of Waterloo), Niagara (University of Toronto), Béluga (Calcul Québec) and Arbutus (University of Victoria).    

However, ongoing growth in researcher demand for resources means that demand continues to outstrip supply. The 2021 RAC received the highest number of applications in its history, with 651 projects applying for an allocation — 10% more than in 2020. 

Please note that while close to 80% of the resources available through the CCF are allocated through the RAC, the CCF reserves a target of 20% for researchers to use through the Rapid Access Service (RAS), which grants all users access to modest quantities of compute, storage and cloud resources as soon as they have a Compute Canada account.
For detailed 2021 RAC results, please visit this page on our website.

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