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Each fall, Compute Canada invites researchers to apply to our annual Resource Allocation Competitions (RAC) and request storage and compute resources. Applications submitted to these competitions are evaluated for both technical feasibility and scientific excellence. These competitions are open to all researchers based at Canadian academic institutions who are eligible to apply for funding to the federal granting agencies.

Questions about Compute Canada’s Resource Allocation Competitions are welcome at any time by emailing rac@computecanada.ca. For general inquiries about the process, please refer to our General Information section below or visit our Frequently Asked Questions page.

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Changes to the 2018 RAC Process

In 2018, researchers will be able to apply to two resource allocation competitions:

In response to feedback received from the research community and in an attempt to improve the application process, we have made some important changes to our resource allocation process, which include:

  • this year, the submission of a Notice of Intent (NOI) is not a prerequisite for applying to the RPP competition;
  • consequently, PIs can submit their application at any time between the start and end date of the competition (see schedule below).

Also, this year we are making an exception and allowing applicants who have already been fast tracked twice, to apply again this year. (Typically, allocations via Fast Track are limited to two years in a row.) Please read the Fast Track Eligibility Criteria for further details.

Schedule:

Process Opens Due
Fast Track application (by invitation only) Early October Nov 2, 2017

(Application Deadline – Closed)

Research Platforms and Portals (RPP) application Early October Nov 16, 2017
10:00 pm EST

(Application Deadline – Closed)

Resources for Research Groups (RRG) application Early October Nov 16, 2017
10:00 pm EST

(Application Deadline – Closed)

RAC 2018 allocation letters sent to all applicants late March 2018
Public Announcement & Implementation of Awards mid-April 2018

More Information:
Questions about Compute Canada’s Resource Allocation Competitions are welcome at any time by emailing rac@computecanada.ca. For general inquiries about the process, please refer to our General Information section below.

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2018 Competition Information

Competitions

Click the links or scroll down the page for full details and key documentation for the 2018 competitions:

Q&A Sessions

Compute Canada recently hosted two Question & Answer (Q&A) Sessions to outline important changes to the RAC 2018 process and to answer questions, including “Do I need to apply for a RAC?” and “Which RAC do I need?”.

English Session
(online only, English presentation with English Q&A)
French Session
(Online and in person, French presentation with bilingual Q&A)
Wednesday, October 11
12:00 – 1:30 pm Eastern (EDT)
For the presentation slides, please click here.If you wish to watch a recording of the session, please click here.
Friday, October 13
12:00 pm – 1:30 pm Eastern (EDT)
For the presentation slides, please click here.If you wish to watch a recording of the session, please click here.

For other questions or general inquiries, email rac@computecanada.ca or visit our Frequently Asked Questions page.

Research Platforms and Portals (RPP) Competition

The Research Platforms and Portals (RPP) competition is targeted specifically at applications that create new or support existing research platforms or portals. Allocations in this competition may be awarded over multiple years, up to a maximum of three years.

  • This year, the RPP Competition DOES NOT require a Notice of Intent.
  • Applications must be submitted electronically through the Compute Canada DataBase (CCDB) no later than November 16, 2017 – 10:00 pm Eastern Standard Time. If you have questions, please contact rac@computecanada.ca.
Key Documents for the 2018 Competition:
More Information:

If you have questions or would like more information on the RPP Competition, you can contact us at any time by emailing rac@computecanada.ca.

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Resources for Research Groups (RRG) Competition

The Resources for Research Groups (RRG) competition is targeted at applications from individuals or small groups of researchers in need of compute or storage resources beyond what can be obtained via the Rapid Access Service. Allocations are awarded based on the quality of the science, quality of the research team, and development of highly qualified personnel (HQP).

  • The RRG Competition DOES NOT require a Notice of Intent.
  • Applications must be submitted electronically through the Compute Canada DataBase (CCDB) no later than November 16, 2017 – 10:00 pm Eastern Standard Time. If you have questions, please contact rac@computecanada.ca.
Key Documents for 2018 Competition:

RRG Fast Track Applications:

A Fast Track process is available (by invitation only) for users with RRG awards who meet the following criteria:

  • Amount requested (not allocated) in the previous competition round must be lower than:
    • Compute request: <2000 Core Years
    • Storage request: <1000 TBs
    • GPU request: <200 GPU years
    • Cloud Compute request: < 500 VCPUs
    • Persistent Cloud: request: <100 VCPUs
  • PIs can ask for up to the same amount of resources requested in the previous RRG full application.
    • If you expect to need fewer resources than what you originally requested, please indicate this in the Fast Track application form;
      If you expect to need more resources than what you originally requested in your RRG full application, you must submit a full application to any of the Compute Canada Resource Allocation Competitions this fall.

Typically, allocations via Fast Track are limited to two years in a row. However, due to the delay in the implementation of the 2017 allocations, this year we are making an exception and allowing applicants who have already been fast tracked twice, to apply again this year.

Fast Track is NOT a guarantee that you will receive the same allocation as last year. It simply means that your allocation for 2018 will be scaled re-using the science score from your most recent full RRG application. This greatly simplifies the application and allocation process.

Note: your requested allocation may be scaled by a different factor than it was last year, according to resource demand and availability constraints.

Compute Canada is decommissioning most of its legacy systems by April 2018. This means that many allocations will need to be migrated to one or several of the new national systems. Please see our migration page for more information.

If you accept the invitation to fast track, please indicate in the first box of the Fast Track application form called “Details” the preferred system(s) where you would like to be moved in case we have to migrate your allocation(s).

You can view a list of Available Resources here.

More Information:

If you have questions or would like more information on the RRG Competition, you can contact us at any time by emailing rac@computecanada.ca.

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On Monday, November 6, 2017, the 2018 RAC Scientific Reviewers Briefing was held. For the presentation slides, please click here. If you have additional questions about the scientific review process or the evaluation process, please email rac@computecanada.ca.

National Resource Allocation Competitions Committee (NRAC)

Chair Committee Role
Tomáš Paus Bioinformatics, Neuroscience and Medical Imaging Committee Chair
and 
NRAC Acting Chair
Victoria Kaspi Astronomy and Subatomic Physics Committee Chair
Natalie Cann Chemistry, Biochemistry and Biophysics Committee Chair
Paul Kushner Earth and Environmental Sciences Committee Chair
Cécile Devaud Engineering, Mathematical and Computer Sciences Committee Chair
Anabel Quan-Haase Humanities and Social Sciences Committee Chair
Jeremy Schofield Nano, Materials and Condensed Matter Committee Chair
Katja Fennel Research Platforms and Portals Committee Chair

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General Information About RAC

Eligibility
Frequently Asked Questions
Past Competitions
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