Compute Canada’s Resources Allocation Competitions are open! These competitions are open for researchers from all disciplines. Compute Canada offers free storage and computing resources to applicants who successfully meet their scientific and technical qualifications. In order to submit your best application, WestGrid and Compute Canada are providing researchers some resources! On October 11, WestGrid is holding a Town Hall during which RAC will be discussed. For more information and to register for this Town Hall, visit:

On October 13, Compute Canada is hosting an Online Q&A Session to answer user questions about the RAC Competitions and the Rapid Access Service (RAS). Any existing Compute Canada User as well as anyone considering applying to the RAC or using the Rapid Access Service is welcome to join. A link of the web streamed session will also be sent to all all who registered. There will also be a French Q&A session and the date is to be announced shortly. Register for this event here:

We recommend you book a consultation session with IST’s research computing team to help determine if your resource request matches the competition criteria.
To book a consultation and/or for more information on the Resource Allocation Competition, please contact Kamil Marcinkowski of IST’s research computing team by email: or by phone: 780 492-0354.

There are some important changes that have been recently made by Compute Canada to terminologies and the application schedule. The former term RAC which was used to refer to “both the competition for individual faculty and the sum of all competitions” has now been broken down into two: RRG (Resources for Research Groups) and RPP (Research Platforms and Portals). Now RAC refers to the sum of all competitions Compute Canada runs: Resource Allocation Competitions (so both RRG and RPP).

Compute Canada has also established a new schedule for the resource allocation competitions and these have been moved from the calendar year to the fiscal year. Here are some details about this new schedule:





RPP NOI submission

 Sep 1, 2016

Sep 22, 2016

Fast Track submission

 Oct 6, 2016

Nov 9, 2016

RRG and RPP submissions

 Oct 6, 2016

Nov 24, 2016

Tech reviews

Nov 25, 2016

Dec 22, 2016

Announce RRG+RPP awards

Mar 7, 2017

Mar 7, 2017

Award resources

Apr 13, 2017

Apr 13, 2017


  • September 22 is the deadline for researchers applying for RPP to submit their notice of intent (NOI), stating their interest to participate in this year’s resource allocation competitions.
  • For researchers who have been allocated resources in the past, there is a fast track application available, however, this option is by invitation only.
  • The final date to submit applications for these competitions is November 24.  
  • The awarded allocations will be announced on March 7, 2017 and the resources will be made available to the researchers on April 13, 2017.
  • All submissions are to be done through the researcher’s Compute Canada DataBase account. For new researchers who would like to enter this year's competitions, your first step will be to be registered in the Compute Canada DataBase.
  • Researchers who do not submit their proposal by November 24, will not be considered for computing allocation resources until the following year (April 2018).

For researchers only needing a small amount of computing, some resources are made available to you with simply having a Compute Canada account. Compute Canada provides default resources called RAS for those projects that only require a small amount of computing or for researchers who do not apply for the resource allocation competitions.

Resources are limited which makes the process very competitive. Take advantage of our services and book a consult with our research computing team before submitting your application!



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