Apply for Access

UBC researchers in need of access to high-performance computing infrastructure are able to apply for access at any time. This includes the ability to apply for a Standard Allocation year-round and calls twice a year for Priority Allocation access.

The call for applications for Priority Allocations is open from April 19, 2021, to May 7, 2021, 4:59 PM PDT. Results will be announced at the end of June.


  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.

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

Eligible UBC Researchers can request 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 provides fair share access to all available GPU and CPU and 5 TB of project storage and 5 TB for project scratch for immediate computing. The Standard Allocation is suitable for the majority of HPC needs.

Sockeye Priority Allocation 

Call for applications for Priority Allocations open on April 19, 2021. A Sockeye Priority Allocation provides priority access to CPU and GPU resources, and up to 50 TB of project storage and up to 50 TB of scratch space. Applications for Priority Allocations occur twice per academic year and are reviewed by the Digital Research Infrastructure (DRI) Resource Allocation Committee (DRAC), made up of UBC Faculty and experts. Priority allocations awarded in 2021 will run until June 30, 2022.

Priority allocations are primarily awarded to Eligible UBC Researchers who meet one or more of the following criteria:

  • 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). 

It is strongly recommended that applications received for the Priority Allocations have proven use and experience of the Sockeye HPC platform through the use of a Standard Allocation.  Furthermore, strong technical and scientific justification is expected to demonstrate the need for additional access to DRI resources.

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


Sockeye allocations are available to all Eligible UBC Researchers. An Eligible UBC Researcher is defined as: UBC Person eligible for Research Spending Responsibility, UBC Policy #LR2: Research, Procedures section 4.1. Use of the system is contingent on acceptance of the UBC ARC Sockeye Terms of Service.

Access is granted per research team or lab, with the requesting Eligible UBC Researcher serving as the 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 are accepted at any time
Standard Allocations awarded before April 1, 2021 end: June 30, 2021

Priority Allocations Call for Applications: April 19 to May 7, 2021
Priority Allocations end: June 30, 2022


Sockeye Application Guidelines
Sockeye Terms of Service
UBC ARC Standards


View a recording of our virtual information session on April 26, 2021. 



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