2017 Resource Allocation Competition

Compute Canada’s Resource Allocation Competition is open! 

To support a growing research community, Compute Canada holds the annual Resource Allocation Competition (RAC) to award successful applicants with access to computing and storage resources, as well as technical support. 

This is a highly competitive event open to researchers from all disciplines across Canada. With limited computing and storage resources, we want to make sure you have everything you need to submit a high-quality application. 

As applications will be reviewed and chosen based on their technical feasibility and scientific excellence, we highly recommend applicants set up a consultation with Kamil Marcinkowski (kamil@ualberta.ca) of IST’s Research Computing Group. He can help uncover your technical needs and assist in developing the technical requirements section of your RAC application. 

Take a journey through the RAC application process:

Important Dates




Fast Track submission (by invitation only)

Early October    

Nov 2, 2017

RPP submissions

Early October    

Nov 16, 2017

10:00 pm EST

RRG submissions

Early October    

Nov 16, 2017

10:00 pm EST

RAC 2018 allocation letters sent to all applicants    


Late March 2018

Public Announcement & Implementation of Awards    


Mid-April 2018

Awarded resources released

May 2018

May 2019

Want to learn more? 
Please note, researchers who are planning on using less than 50 core years of data need not apply to the RAC competition. Instead, you can be accepted to the Rapid Access Service (RAS) and receive access to a shared pool of unallocated computing and storage resources. 
To see how many core years you used in your last year, please visit the Compute Canada Database and select My Account > View Group Usage.
To learn more about Rapid Access Service (RAS), please visit Compute Canada’s page on Rapid Access Service.

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