ARC Beta and Pilot Program

ARC evaluates many new, nascent and emerging technologies in order to deliver high-impact services and tools that are required by UBC researchers.  Researchers are invited to partner with ARC on these evaluations and work together on identifying and narrowing down these needs. 

Participants who sign up for the beta and pilot program will be added to the ARC-PILOTS mailing list, (managed by ARC), where they can expect to receive up to four emails per year with information about participating in upcoming beta tests and pilots, updates on current or completed pilots and tests, and the occasional profile featuring current or past participants. ARC will contact researchers whose research profiles appear to be an ideal match for a limited pilot or testing series. 


The purpose of the ARC Beta and Pilot Program is to involve our research community in the assessment of advanced technologies through providing early and/or trial access to new services and platforms.  

Who can join

Ideal users include: 

  • Researchers whose current computational resources are at capacity
  • Researchers who find that the current HPC learning curve is too steep
  • Researchers whose software appears ill-suited for batch jobs

Details of participating

There is no cost to the researcher to participate.  However, please note that services will be limited for the duration of the beta or pilot program. Participation in each beta or pilot is strictly voluntary and independent of signing up to the mailing list. Participants will be matched to the beta test or pilot according to fit.  

Limitations and Restrictions

Please note that  Beta tests and pilots are strictly for evaluation purposes; ARC cannot guarantee that a device or application that is beta tested or piloted may be rolled out to production.  Not all initiatives may be suitable or intended for production-level research and no PHI or sensitive data may be stored or processed. 

Join the Beta/Pilot Mailing List

Current Betas and Pilots

Planned/Upcoming Betas and Pilots

Depending on the beta or pilot in question, offerings will range from additional compute capacity to early access to new tools. Researchers will work with the ARC team directly to learn more about delivering advanced research computing services. 

Completed Betas and Pilots

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