UBC researchers in need of storage resources for data-intensive research are invited to apply for access to UBC ARC Chinook, starting September 28, 2020. This object storage service has been designed to significantly increase UBC’s storage capacity and supplement the storage resources available through the national platform, in order to meet the immediate needs of UBC researchers.

Chinook easily integrates with UBC ARC Sockeye for fast and convenient data transfer to the compute platform through Globus.

Applications for Chinook allocations can be submitted at any time of the academic year.

If you need any assistance in filling out your application, or you have any questions about whether your research data is a good fit for Chinook, please reach out to us for a consultation at

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Application Guidelines  |  Terms of Service  |  Information Sessions


Object storage supports large volumes of research data that does not require large inputs and outputs on a regular basis, but need to be archived or retained for analytics.    

Allocations are provided based on the proof of need by the applicant. Applicants will be required/requested to justify why the storage is needed, how it is an appropriate storage type (e.g., not file or block storage) and how they estimated the requested usage quota (i.e., number of TB). Priority is given to researchers who are:

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

At this time, data transfer to Chinook can only be done through Globus.

Please see UBC ARC Chinook Application Guidelines for more information. 


Researchers with a Faculty appointment at UBC or UBC Principal Investigators are eligible to request an allocation on the Chinook platform. Use of the system is contingent on acceptance of the UBC ARC Chinook Terms of Service.

Access is granted per research team or lab, with the requesting UBC 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 Chinook Application Guidelines for full eligibility requirements.

Applicants who are PIs on a UBC held award and do not hold a Faculty position must contact the ARC at in order to apply for access to Chinook.


Chinook Applications open: September 28, 2020
Chinook Allocations begin: From mid-October, 2020


UBC ARC Chinook Application Guidelines 
UBC ARC Chinook 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. 


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