Results of the 2020 Resource Allocation Competitions


On March 9, 2020, award letters were issued to all applicants to the 2020 Resource Allocation Competitions (RAC). Allocations started on April 1, 2020, and are valid until the end of March 2021. Demand continues to outstrip supply. This year’s Resource Allocation Competitions (RAC) awarded 40% of the total compute requested, 86% of the total storage requested, 26% of the total GPUs requested, and 99% 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 globally competitive, data-driven, transformative research, it serves the needs of nearly 16,000 users, including over 4,400 faculty based at Canadian institutions as of January 1, 2020.

Funding from the federal government has increased the total capacity of the national ARC platform on Cedar (Simon Fraser University), Graham (University of Waterloo), Niagara (University of Toronto), and Béluga (Calcul Québec) to 233,000 CPU cores, 2,550 GPUs and 144 PB of storage for 2020.

However, ongoing growth in researcher demand for resources means that demand continues to outstrip supply. The 2020 RAC received the highest number of applications in its history, with 590 projects applying for an allocation — 16% more than in 2019.

It is important to note that while close to 80% (on average) 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 2020 RAC results, please visit this page on our website.