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Research Computing Resources @ UVIC & RAC 2019 Support



Join the UVIC Advanced Research Computing Team, and WestGrid's Director of Operations for a day of support, information and advice on accessing digital infrastructure and services to support your research needs.

PART I: 10:30 AM – 12:00 PM


Workshop: Getting started with Compute Canada Supercomputers

In this workshop, we will cover the required knowledge for running jobs and get the researchers to familiarize themselves with Cedar and Graham supercomputers. Everyone is encouraged to attend, and, to maximize the use of the session, attendees are recommended to have their Compute Canada accounts approved and bring their data and codes to the workshop.

PART 2: 12:00 – 2:00 PM


Presentation: RAC 2019 Info, Updates & Best Practices

Does your research need large-scale computing, cloud resources, data management, or storage?

Do you need more than the default amounts available with a basic Compute Canada account? Do you want help writing better applications to Compute Canada's Resource Allocation Competition (RAC) to help increase your science score and chance to receive a larger allocation for 2019?

The CTO of WestGrid and lead of the RAC technical review, will present some strategies and best practices to help researchers submit better applications to the 2019 RAC which are due November 2018.

FREE pizza will also be provided!

PART 3: 2:00 - 3:30 PM


Open Q&A, Consultations with WestGrid & UVIC Research Computing

Current RAC 2018 award holders, interested PIs or researchers from all domains are welcome to stay longer to discuss their research computing needs with WestGrid and the UVIC Research Computing staff. We invite users to share any questions or concerns you have with your current allocation, accessing resources and services or how we can help you.

We would also like to hear about your projected ARC needs for the next 3-5 years. This will be important in light of the recent commitment to increased federal funding for Digital Research Infrastructure (DRI) of over $500 million in the next five years. WestGrid is committed to helping ensure that upcoming national investments reflect the needs of researchers in western Canada.

If these times do not work, we may be able to set-up a special time to meet if you email


Who Should Attend:

  • Any researcher interested in learning more about the ARC resources and services available.
  • PIs who have applied for a RAC previously are especially encouraged to attend.
  • University faculty, grad students, and staff from all disciplines are welcome.

Pre-Requisite Skills / Knowledge:

  • No previous knowledge or experience required. The sessions are intended as an information session.

If you have questions or would like more information, please contact