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Want to write a better RAC 2019 application? A WestGrid info session is coming to a campus near you!

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

WestGrid is hosting a series of free information sessions on strategies and best practices for submitting a strong application to the 2019 RAC. All RAC proposals are due by November 8, 2018. The sessions will also share an overivew of the local research computing services, resources and expertise available on campus to support your research needs, big or small, year-round. 

WestGrid RAC 2019 Information Sessions 

University of Manitoba 

Monday, 17 September 2018
1:00 PM – 4:00 PM CDT
Helen Glass Centre, University of Manitoba, Room 370
Click here to register and for more information

University of Victoria

Thursday, 20 September 2018
10:30 AM – 3:30 PM PDT
Engineering and Computer Sciences Building - Room 660
Click here to register and for more information

University of Alberta

Monday, 24 September 2018
Time and location TBD

University of Calgary 

Thursday, 27 September
Time and location TBD 

University of British Columbia

Friday, 12 October
Time and location TBD

Simon Fraser University

Date, time and location TBD


WestGrid will also be using these session to consult researchers on their projected advanced research computing (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 upcoming national investments reflect the needs of researchers in Western Canada.


Compute Canada RAC 2019 Q&A Session

Compute Canada is hosting an online Q&A to present a general overview of the 2019 competitions and answer any questions researchers may have about RAC eligibility, criteria, and processes:

Compute Canada RAC 2019 Q&A Session
Thursday, October 4
9:00 - 10:30 am PDT
Register Here

For more information on the RAC process, visit the Compute Canada website or email