Demand for Compute Canada resources continues to increase


Compute Canada has seen an 11% increase in allocation requests for its annual Resource Allocation Competition (RAC) process. This year’s competitions — the Resources for Research Groups (RRG) Competition and the Research Platforms and Portals (RPP) Competition — received more than 400 requests for allocations, an increase from 366 the year before.

Overall, the total requests this year indicate increases in demand for all types of resources, with a significant increase for storage and GPU resources.

Resource Type Total Ask 2017 Total Ask 2016
Compute (core-years) 257,197 237,862
Storage (terabytes) 52,235 28,656
GPU 2,767 1,357

The growing demand for Compute Canada resources is reflective of global trends of increased data-intensive research. Within Canada’s research community, we are seeing computational tools and services increasingly being used to identify patterns, undertake modelling and simulations, and support the collection and distribution of massive volumes of data.

To find out more about this year’s competition results, please go to the main Resource Allocation Competitions page.

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