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Resource Allocation Competition 2017

** NOTE: The application stage for the 2017 Resource Allocation Competitions (RAC) has ended. The RAC 2018 call for applications will open in Fall 2017. If you have questions, or if you would like to request consideration for an 'Out-of-Round' allocation (see details below), please contact

RAC 2017 Results

The RAC 2017 allocations were implemented on WestGrid systems and the new Cedar system on June 30, 2017. Users should see their jobs running with their RAC 2017 priorities. WestGrid systems scheduled for defunding were not allocated, and will remain with their RAC 2016 priorities. Current jobs should continue to run during the RAC 2017 updates to the schedulers, however, due to complicated configurations required for the mix of new and old schedulers and the change of RACs some jobs may fail. Please contact us if there are any issues with current jobs terminating or new jobs failing to start.

For 2017, allocations were awarded to 390 recipients across Canada. Lists of the recipients are linked below:

A 2017 RAC overview and statistics recap can be found on the Compute Canada website.

2017 Competition Information

The 2017 RAC hosted two competitions:

  • Resources for Research Groups (RRG) Competition
    The Resources for Research Groups (RRG) competition was targeted at applications from individuals or small groups of researchers in need of compute or storage resources beyond what can be obtained via the Rapid Access Service. Allocations were awarded based on the quality of the science, quality of the research team, and development of highly qualified personnel (HQP).

  • Research Platforms and Portals (RPP) Competition
    The Research Platforms and Portals (RPP) competition was targeted specifically at applications that create new or support existing research platforms or portals. Allocations in this competition were awarded over multiple years, up to a maximum of three years.

More details can be found on the Compute Canada website. If you have questions about the requirements of a competition or about the RAC process in general, please email

Out-of-Round Allocations

Compute Canada announces formal Calls for Submissions in the fall each year with final submissions usually due in November of that year. Compute Canada will only consider requests outside of this time frame under very special circumstances. Two such examples include:

  • a sudden chance for a major breakthrough
  • a new faculty member who just moved to Canada

In these special situations a researcher can submit an “Out-of-Round” application at any time of year. Compute Canada staff will review the project’s requirements and if the researcher qualifies, he/she will be granted access to complete an Out-of-Round application through a link administered through the Compute Canada DataBase (CCDB).

Out-of-Round requests are reviewed based on the quality of the science outlined in the proposal, the qualifications of the principal investigators, and the technical justification for the requested resources. Following submission, the resource requirements and justification documents will undergo a review process and the user will be notified of next steps. For more information, or to request an Out-of-Round Application, please contact