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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 2020

Below is the list of resources available for the 2020 Resource Allocation Competitions:

Region Cluster Sub-system (as shown on CCDB) Available resources for each sub-system Backup storage?
beluga-compute CPU No
beluga-gpu GPU No
ndc-calculquebec [Béluga storage] Project storage, Nearline storage Yes
beluga-compute-cloud
VCPU, RAM, local ephemeral disk, volumes, snapshots, persistent cloud storage, floating IPs
No
beluga-persistent-cloud No
Helios
helios GPU No
helios-storage project storage No
Compute Ontario
graham-compute CPU No
graham-gpu GPU No
ndc-waterloo [Graham storage] Project storage, Nearline storage, dCache storage Yes
graham-cloud [persistent cloud] VCPU, RAM, local ephemeral disk, volumes, snapshots, persistent cloud storage, floating IPs No
niagara-compute CPU No
ndc-toronto [Niagara storage] Project storage Yes
HPSS Nearline storage No
HPC4Health-compute CPU No
HPC4Health-storage Project storage No
WestGrid
cedar-compute CPU No
cedar-gpu GPU No
ndc-sfu [Cedar storage] Project storage, Nearline storage, dCache storage Yes
cedar-persistent-cloud
VCPU, RAM, local ephemeral disk, volumes, snapshots, persistent cloud storage, floating IPs
No
cedar-compute-cloud
Arbutus
arbutus-compute-cloud
VCPU, RAM, local ephemeral disk, volumes, snapshots, persistent cloud storage, floating IPs
No
arbutus-persistent-cloud

 

* In 2020, there will be a pilot for allocations of a cluster provided by HPC4Health. Prior to an allocation implementation, users will make the following agreements with University Health Network (UHN), who will be acting on behalf of HPC4Health to onboard any projects:

1. Users agree to not to act as a health information network provider under the Personal Health Information Protection Act (PHIPA), i.e., not use the services to share the data to collaborators or through the web.

2. Users will sign a collaboration agreement with UHN.

3. Users will use two factor authentication to log in to the services.

Pre-consultation with HPC4Health is required in order for an allocation request to be considered. Contact info@hpc4health.ca to arrange a consultation.

It is expected that up to 10 allocations will be made on the HPC4Health cluster. Non-allocated (i.e., RAS or “default”) is not planned. Because this is a pilot, user groups are encouraged to consider how the HPC4Health resource may integrate with workflows and research programs. Service configuration will be as per Compute Canada standards (Slurm, CVMFS) OR by request specific technical configurations could also be entertained.  Availability and support is not yet fully determined, and may change during the allocation year but the platform is anticipated to be supported to the same degree as other host sites.

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