Frequently asked questions (FAQs) are based on commonly asked questions by email or during our information sessions. Check back often as we will continue to update this page as new questions arise.
Frequently Asked Questions
How many allocations can one research group apply for?
Allocations are awarded to one UBC Faculty member or Principal Investigator (PIs), known as the Allocation Owner. The Allocation Owner can add users to the allocation as needed. UBC users are required to have an active enhanced Campus Wide Login and an institutional email address. To find out more about an enhanced Campus Wide Login visit UBC Campus Wide Login.
Can I split an allocation into multiple projects?
Yes. On Chinook, an Allocation Owner has complete control over their data and may grant access to folders using Globus. Splitting an allocation into projects can be achieved by creating separate folders for each project and adjusting the permissions of each folder accordingly.
Will my allocation in this round affect my application for allocations in future rounds?
No. Each application is assessed independently, regardless of previous allocations.
What is S3?
Simple Storage Service, or S3 as it is more commonly known, provides an application programming interface (API) that Chinook users can leverage to transfer data from platforms, applications, or systems.
Why is ARC setting up S3 when Globus is already in place?
S3 has been set up to provide backend storage for research platforms, applications or systems. Globus remains the only ARC-supported client for accessing Chinook.
The most typical use case is the development or implementation of a research application that supports S3.
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How do I set up S3?
The endpoint address (chinook.arc.ubc.ca), an S3 Access Key, and a Secret Key are required to set up S3. The keys can be retrieved from the UBC ARC Secure Information Transfer endpoint on Globus.
Each research tool, application or programming language handles S3 slightly differently. Please refer to the research tool, application or programming language documentation for specific instructions.
How do I use Globus?
Information on using Globus can be found on our technical user documentation.
(Note: A UBC CWL account is required)
Why do you need IP addresses to set up S3?
It is best practice to implement the principle of least privilege when setting up access. If the application is accessing Chinook via S3 from specific locations, access to data can be limited to the IP addresses associated with those locations.
What is an S3 Policy?
An S3 policy manages access to the Chinook allocation. Policies allow researchers to dictate the level of access a researcher has to the data. For example, a policy can be configured to enable a researcher, via S3, to add new data to the allocation but not delete any data.