Compute Canada is an organization coordinating access to computing resources provided by WestGrid and three other regional HPC consortia (Compute Ontario, Calcul Québec, and ACENET). Rather than requiring researchers to enter contact information at each consortium separately, a national registry called the Compute Canada Database (CCDB) has been established where the information can be shared among the consortia.
Prospective WestGrid users must register with the CCDB prior to applying for a WestGrid account.
The CCDB has 10 classifications of individuals, which can be selected from the Position drop box on the CCDB registration page. In addition to registering themselves, PIs can also sponsor "Group Members", including External Collaborators, Graduate Students, Non-Research Staff, Postdoctoral Fellows, Research Assistants, Researchers, Undergraduate Students, and Visiting Faculty.
PIs must register with CCDB first (see Step 1 below). The approval process can take up to two business days. When a CCDB registration has been approved, a confirmation email will be sent to the individual with their Compute Canada Role Identifier (CCRI). Once a PI has his/her CCRI, all of his/her Group Members can then register with the CCDB using the PI's CCRI.
Group Members follow the same registration process as PIs but need to use their sponsor's CCRI and do not need to provide information about their research area. All Group Members must be approved by a sponsor. Sponsors will receive an email requiring them to confirm each Group Member once the Group Member has completed Step 1 of the registration process. Instructions for approving a Group Member can be found below in Step 3.
Once a Group Member's account has been approved, they can then proceed to apply for a WestGrid account. Instructions for this can be found below in Step 2.
Note: screen snapshots below were made before some design changes of the CCDB web pages. As a result, there will be some differences in the exact location of some menus and links on the pages. However, the basic registration steps remain the same.
a) Go to the login page.
b) Click on the 'Register' link, located beneath the Login and Password fields, next to the Forgot Password link.
c) Before you can begin the registration process, you must first read and agree to the Compute Canada Acceptable Use Policy (AUP).
Click on the checkbox at the bottom of the page to accept the terms and then click on the ‘Save’ button.
Once you’ve accepted the AUP terms, you will be taken back to the main login page. Again, you will need to click on the ‘Register’ link, located underneath the Login and Password fields, next to the ‘Forgot Password’ link. Complete the form with all required information as in figure below.
We prefer you use your institutional email address. The information provided will be checked for accuracy. To ensure there is no delay in getting your CCRI, please ensure all information is completed correctly. Upon clicking “Submit Application”, you will be directed to a confirmation screen and you will receive an email. If you do not receive the confirmation email, please contact email@example.com.
Once you have received your confirmation email, click on the confirmation link indicated in the email. If the link does not work, copy and paste the confirmation link into your browser.
If you are the PI, a representative at your institution will process your CCDB request. The approver will check the information you have submitted to ensure you are a faculty person at the institution you have specified. Your CCDB account request will be processed within 2 business days. If you are a Group Member, an email will be sent to your Sponsor asking them to confirm your application. Please see the section titled “Approving a Group Member” for details on this process.
Once your request has been approved, you will receive a notification email. Please note your CCRI. If you are a PI, you will need to provide your CCRI to all Group Members that you will be sponsoring. If you forget your CCRI, you can login to the system and retrieve it. Please note the email you used to register and the password you have created. You have now completed the CCDB registration process. If you are a PI, all of the Group Members you want to sponsor should register for CCDB accounts. You will need to confirm every individual who registers with CCDB with your CCRI.
Step 2: Applying for a WestGrid Account
a) Go to the CCDB login page. Use the email you registered with as your login and the password you specified.
Once logged in, go to the ‘My Account’ tab located in the top menu bar and click on ‘Apply for a Consortium Account’.
Click the ‘Apply’ button corresponding to the appropriate consortium (in this case, 'WestGrid') and follow the instructions.
Once a Group Member has completed Step 1, they will not be able to log into the CCDB website until their Sponsor has approved their application.
Once your Group Member has confirmed his/her email in Step 1, you (the Sponsor) will be sent an email. Click on the confirmation link in the email. You will be directed to the following confirmation page:
Check the accuracy of the information provided by your Group Member. Please ensure the information provided is correct and the email that is specified is the Group Member’s institutional email. Once you have confirmed the information is correct, click the ‘Confirm this role’ button. You will see a confirmation screen and you and your group member will receive a confirmation email.
If you have any difficulties registering for an account or have questions that were not answered by the instructions above, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.