Apply for Access

NEW!  You can apply for a Sockeye Standard Allocation now.

UBC researchers in need of access to high-performance computing infrastructure are now able to apply for access at any time. Based on researcher feedback, changes to the allocation model include the ability to apply for a Standard Allocation year-round and calls twice a year for Priority Allocation access.


Priority Tier – Applications Open September 28 – October 16, 2020

The call for applications for the new Priority Allocations will be open from September 28, 2020, to October 16, 2020, 4:59 PM PDT. Results will be announced starting mid-November 2020. 

If you require assistance in filling out your Standard or Priority applications, or have any questions about whether your research data is a good fit for Sockeye, please reach out to us for a consultation at                                       


  Application Guidelines  |  Terms of Service Information Session


Sockeye is a high-performance computing (HPC) cluster particularly well suited to process transient, computationally intensive workloads that can be optimized by job scheduling and workload management software.

Allocations are given priority for Faculty members who are:

  • New to UBC( five or fewer years).
  • Early-career researchers.
  • Have research data that has to be hosted on-site or cannot be accommodated by any other existing computational resources (e.g. Compute Canada). 

Please see UBC ARC Sockeye Applications Guidelines for more information. 

Note that all the current allocations on UBC ARC Sockeye will run until June 30, 2021

Sockeye Standard Allocation

As of August 31, 2020, UBC Faculty members or UBC Principal Investigators can ask for a Standard Allocation at any time over the course of the academic year. Applications are evaluated within 1-2 business days of receiving the submission. The Standard Allocation now provides fair share access to all available GPU and CPU and up to 5 TB of project storage and up to 5 TB for project scratch for immediate computing.

Individuals who are not Faculty members, but have been deemed a Principal Investigator by an UBC affiliated institution or Dean may apply.  Before doing so, contact ARC at for additional information.  

Sockeye Priority Allocation (previously Extended Allocation)

Call for applications for a new Priority Allocation will open on September 28, 2020. Priority Allocations provide access to reserved CPU and GPU resources, and up to 50 TB of project storage and up to 50 TB of project scratch. Applications for Priority Allocations will happen twice per academic year and will be reviewed by the Digital Research Infrastructure (DRI) Resource Allocation Committee (DRAC), made up of UBC Faculty and experts. Allocations awarded in November 2020 will run until June 30, 2021. 


UBC Faculty or Principal Investigators are eligible to request an allocation on Sockeye to conduct computationally intensive research. Use of the system is contingent on acceptance of the UBC ARC Sockeye Terms of Service.

Allocations are no longer given per research project. Access is granted per research team or lab, with the requesting Faculty member or Principal Investigator serving as Allocation Owner. Allocation Owners are able to request for any user to have access as long as they have an enhanced Campus Wide Login and an institutional email address.

Please consult the UBC ARC Sockeye Application Guidelines for full eligibility requirements.


Standard Applications available at any time
Standard Allocations end: June 30, 2021

Priority Allocations Call for Applications: September 28 to October 16, 2020
Priority Allocations begin: mid-November 2020
Priority Allocations end: June 30, 2021


Sockeye Application Guidelines
Sockeye Terms of Service
UBC ARC Standards


The Fall 2020 DRI Information Session below was recorded on 30 September, 2020 and provides information on the new Chinook service, the changes to the various Sockeye tiers and the application processes for both. 



If you have questions, or would like to book a consultation with ARC, please email


Researchers can also contact the ARC team at to book a consultation to discuss specific research needs and for more information.