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Legacy Systems Migration Process

This page provides details specific to migrating users and data off WestGrid legacy systems including any action users need to take.

Thank you in advance for your patience during this migration period. We are working hard to limit the disruptions to your research during this transition. If you have questions or concerns about any aspect of this migration process, please contact

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WestGrid Systems Defunding Schedule

Note“Defunded” means that the system is no longer funded, operated or maintained as part of Compute Canada’s national cyberinfrastructure platform, which is funded through the Canada Foundation for Innovation’s (CFI) Major Science Initiatives (MSI) program. After this time the system may not be available for use by Compute Canada or WestGrid users.

Once a system has been defunded, local institutions may choose to keep a system running, at their own cost and discretion. This may result in usage limited to a certain group of users (e.g. only those from the local institution).

Users are encouraged to contact the Site Lead of the defunded system for further information.***

"Decommissioned" means the system is no longer in operation and has been retired from all further service. 


Legacy Systems to be Defunded

System(s) Institution / Location Defunding Date What To Do...
Orcinus University of British Columbia

Mar. 31, 2019

Note: Limited warranty support after January 1, 2017. See below for details. 

Support for this system is on a best efforts basis and is not guaranteed. Users should ensure all important data is backed-up on another system. After March 31, 2019 this system will be for opportunistic use only by existing WestGrid users. Priority access will be given to LOCAL USERS (researchers located at or collaborating with the University of British Columbia). No new accounts or software will be created.

Email to clarify local use policies. 


Funding from the Canada Foundation for Innovation (CFI) and provincial partners has replaced legacy systems with new national systems to consolidate resources and centralize services. For more information on the national migration process and the Technology Refresh, please visit the Compute Canada website.

How to Migrate your Data

To move your data off a system, follow these instructions: 

  1. Delete any unneeded files.
  2. Prepare your data for transfer by archiving and compressing files.
  3. Read detailed recommendations on where to go for each of the to-be-defunded systems.
  4. Refer to the General Directives for Migration page on the Compute Canada Documentation Wiki for step-by-step instructions of how to transfer your data. 
  5. Email to notify us when you have moved your data. 

Data Retention Policy for Defunded Systems

User data on defunded systems will be deleted. Users are responsible for migrating their data to alternate storage.  

For defunded systems, the host institution assumes full control of the system, including managing the storage file systems and backups. Users should contact the Site Lead of defunded systems for further information about the host institution’s data retention and deletion policies.

IMPORTANT: Non-local user data on defunded systems will be deleted after the published defunding date. WestGrid will not retain any long term or back-up copies of user data and as noted above users must arrange for migration of their data. Users should also ensure they take the appropriate steps to comply with any data management requirements their institution or project may require.

Decreased Performance And Limited Support

As of January 1, 2017 the Orcinus storage system is not under vendor support. Due to the redundant nature of the storage controllers we feel that this is an acceptable risk. Orcinus will be backed up to the new storage system, the National Data Cyberinfrastructure (NDC) located at SFU and Waterloo. There may be some lack of continuity in backups as we transition between legacy and new tape systems, so we recommend users keep their own copies of critical data.  

Support & Other Links

Please email for general help and questions at any point during the migration process, or refer to the following links for more tools, tips and support related to migration: