2021 Resource Allocation Competitions Now Open — Apply before November 5

The Compute Canada federation invites researchers to apply, starting today, to our annual Resource Allocation Competitions (RAC). These competitions give you the opportunity to have access to more compute, storage and cloud resources. Applications submitted are evaluated for both technical feasibility and scientific excellence.

How to apply

All proposals must be submitted electronically through the Compute Canada DataBase (CCDB) by Thursday, November 5, 2020, at 11:59 PM (EST).

Who should apply?

To be eligible to submit an application, Principal Investigators (PIs) and co-PIs must:

  1. be a faculty member at a Canadian academic institution, and
  2. be eligible to apply for funding from a Canadian granting agency, and
  3. have an active Compute Canada account with one of the following roles: Faculty, Adjunct Faculty or Librarian.

You should consider applying if you need:


  • CPU > 50 Core years or core equivalent, OR
  • GPUs > 10 GPU years, OR
  • Project storage > 10 TBs, OR
  • Nearline storage > 10 TBs


  • Compute Cloud > 80 vCPUs, OR
  • Persistent Cloud > 25 vCPUs, OR
  • Volume and Snapshot Storage > 10 TB, OR
  • Shared Filesystem Storage > 10 TBs, OR
  • Object Storage > 10 TBs

Important information

  • The program to support special requests for ARC resources needed for COVID-19 research will end on March 31, 2021. If you have received one of these allocations and you expect that your need for resources will continue after April 2021, you must submit an application to the 2021 Resource Allocation Competitions.
  • If your resource needs are less than the limits mentioned above, you should use our Rapid Access Service and should not submit a RAC application.
  • You can view your past resource usage here: https://ccdb.computecanada.ca/me/group_usage
  • Visit our Available Resources page for RAC 2021.

RAC Q&A Sessions

Language    Date and timeHow to participate
EnglishOctober 6, 2020Register
12:00 pm – 1:30pm EDT
FrenchOctober 7, 2020Register
12:00 pm – 1:30pm EDT

Key Documents

Questions about RAC 2021 are welcome by emailing rac@computecanada.ca. For general inquiries about the process, please visit the RAC Frequently Asked Questions page.


The RAC Administrative Committee

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