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WestGrid Legacy Systems Defunding Update: Orcinus

On March 31, 2019, WestGrid’s remaining legacy system -- Orcinus -- will be defunded and no longer available as part of the Compute Canada national platform. The University of British Columbia has offered to continue operating this system for opportunistic use by existing users only, with priority access given to researchers located at or collaborating with UBC.  

Please remember that support and maintenance of this system is provided on a best efforts basis only. Users should ensure all important data is backed-up on another system. No new accounts will be created or new software installed.

Data Migration

Users should move any critical data off this system, following these instructions: 

National Systems

Note: WestGrid users will need to use their Compute Canada username and password to login to the new systems (the username and password used to log in to See the User Accounts and Groups page on the Compute Canada Documentation Wiki for more information.

CLICK HERE for information to get started using the new systems including mini-webinars and tutorials. 

Future Use of Defunded Systems

Researchers affiliated with UBC should contact for information about ongoing use of this system.

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:

Thank you to our users for their patience and understanding during this transition period as we try to update our systems and services to better meet your research computing needs.