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UBC ARC Sockeye

UBC ARC Sockeye (“Sockeye”) is a high-performance computing platform available to UBC researchers in any discipline. 

With nearly 16,000 CPU cores, 200 GPUs, and 3 petabytes of storage capacity, Sockeye is designed to significantly increase UBC’s research computing capacity and supplement the national platform for digital research infrastructure (DRI) in order to meet the immediate needs of UBC researchers. 


ARC will be upgrading Sockeye’s current Operating System (OS) from Enterprise Linux 7 (EL7) to Enterprise Linux 9 (EL9) on Wednesday, 26 June 2024.  Click here for more information. 


All eligible UBC Researchers may request an allocation on the Sockeye platform. Allocations are awarded to one eligible UBC researcher, known as the Allocation Owner. The Allocation Owner may add any member of their research team, supporting staff, or collaborators to their allocation.  All allocation members require a UBC Campus-Wide Login (CWL) and institutional email address to access the Sockeye platform.

Use of the system is contingent on acceptance of the Sockeye Terms of Service, and preference will be given to access requests that cannot be accommodated by any other existing computational resources (e.g., the national DRI platform).


Technical Specifications


Available Software on Sockeye

See List

 Technical User Documentation


Frequently Asked Questions


Terms of Service
Information about Sockeye service, eligibility, suitability, user responsibilities, access, support, and maintenance



One-on-One Consultations

The ARC team provides consultation and support across a wide range of high-performance computing domains.

Contact Us


Researchers are urged to acknowledge Sockeye in any publication, presentation, report, or proposal on research that involves Sockeye hardware and/or staff expertise. The acknowledgement may be given as follows:

 “This research was supported in part through the computational resources and services provided by Advanced Research Computing at the University of British Columbia.

Researchers are requested to submit a list of materials that reference ARC annually, and inform ARC staff whenever any such research receives professional or press exposure. This information is extremely important in enabling ARC to continue supporting the UBC researcher community. 

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