2018 Resource Allocation Competitions

Compute Canada’s Resource Allocation Competitions  are now open!

To support a growing research community, Compute Canada holds the annual Resource Allocation Competitions (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.  If 50 computers running for you for a year, or 10+ TB of storage would make your research project for efficient, be sure to apply!

First, we want to make sure you have everything you will need to submit a top-notch application. As submissions  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 high-tech 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)

September 27, 2018

October 25, 2018
11:59pm EST

RPP submissions

September 27, 2018

November 8, 2018
11:59 pm EST

RRG submissions

September 27, 2018

November 8, 2018
11:59 pm EST

RAC 2018 allocation letters sent to all applicants


Late March 2019

Public Announcement & Implementation of Awards   Early April 2019
Awarded resources released TBA TBA

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.

Posted by Sheena Moore