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Compute Canada, in collaboration with many different partners from across Canada, including regional ARC-serving organizations and institutions, delivers world-class advanced research computing (ARC) infrastructure and support to Canadian researchers.

Each year, Compute Canada launches its annual Resource Allocation Competitions (RAC), a peer-reviewed process to grant priority access to storage and compute resources beyond what can be obtained via the Rapid Access Service.

Resources available for RAC 2019

Below is the list of resources available for the 2019 Resource Allocation Competitions:

Regional Partner Cluster Sub-system (as shown on CCDB) Available resources for each sub-system Backup storage?
Calcul Québec Béluga beluga-compute CPU No
beluga-gpu GPU No
ndc-calculquebec Project, Nearline Yes
Helios helios GPU No
Mammouth Parallel 2 mp2 CPU, Project Yes
 Compute Ontario Graham graham-compute CPU No
graham-gpu GPU No
ndc-waterloo  Project, Nearline, dCache Yes
Niagara niagara-compute CPU No
ndc-toronto Project, Nearline Yes
WestGrid Cedar cedar-compute CPU No
cedar-gpu GPU No
ndc-sfu Project, Nearline, dCache Yes
Compute Canada Cloud Resources Compute Cloud VCPU, RAM, local (ephemeral) disk, volumes, snapshots, persistent cloud storage, floating IPs. No
Persistent Cloud VCPU, RAM, local (ephemeral) disk, volumes, snapshots, persistent cloud storage, floating IPs. No


How to request resources in the online RAC application form

Note: There should be no discrepancies between what you request in the Resource Justification document attached to your application and what you request in the online form. In case of discrepancy, the online form will prevail.

  1. In the corresponding Resources for Research Groups (RRG) Competition or Research Platforms and Portals (RPP) Competition online form on CCDB, go to the Resource Request section:
  2. Mark the first option if you want to select traditional HPC resources on a cluster.
    • This option will show the list of all the HPC subsystems available for requests.
    • To indicate that your request can be allocated in any resource and that you do not have a preference for a particular one, please check the option “I have to select a system but I don’t mind receiving an allocation on any other suitable one.” in the “Reason for selecting system” section that shows for every system or subsystem in the list.
    • In the national clusters, compute resources and storage resources are shown as different subsystems on CCDB following this convention:<
      • system-compute (e.g. cedar-compute): select these to request CPU resources. Please pay special attention to your memory requirements as this will be taken into account for the final allocation, if your application is successful.
      • system-gpu (e.g. cedar-gpu): select these to request GPU resources.
      • ndc-institution (e.g. ndc-sfu): select these to request storage resources. Each subsystem will only show the storage resources (/project, /nearline, etc.) available for that particular subsystem.
    • For example, if you want to request both CPU resources and /project storage resources on the Cedar cluster, you will have to fill in two separate requests: one with the cedar-compute subsystem for core years and memory (as cedar-compute will not show any storage option), and another one with the ndc-sfu subsystem for /project storage (in TBs).
  3. Mark the second option if you need cloud resources.
    • This option will show the generics Compute Cloud and Persistent Cloud.
    • If you need a specific location for your allocation, you must indicate this in the technical justification document attached to your application.

    Please email with any questions on how to request resources.

    Migration of Users & Data to the New National Systems

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