In general, any academic researcher from a Canadian research institution who requires significant high performance computing resources to support his or her research may apply for an account on WestGrid. WestGrid resources must be used exclusively for research projects that fit into one of the following categories:
- Research projects that are supported by a recognized funding agency
- Research projects that are eligible for funding from such an agency
- Industrial research projects
- Research under contract
WestGrid systems may be used for teaching purposes with some conditions (such as possible limits on the number of cycles available). WestGrid also recognizes the value of collaboration with industry and can accommodate commercial use of our services and resources for a fee (to be negotiated on a case-by-case basis). Please contact us for more information on using WestGrid for teaching or commercial purposes or for other questions regarding your project's eligibility.
To get a WestGrid account, faculty members and senior researchers at a Canadian university or research facility must first register themselves in the Compute Canada Database (CCDB). Graduate Students and Postdoctoral Fellows are eligible for WestGrid accounts, but they must be sponsored by a faculty member or senior researcher, who must first register in the CCDB. Step-by-step instructions for registering in the CCDB can be found here.
If you have questions about your eligibility, please contact us to further discuss your needs or visit our User Accounts section for more information on conditions of use, and how to apply for an account.