The following paragraphs are designed to help grant applicants accurately describe the various UBC Advanced Research Computing (ARC) systems and services when completing grant applications. Systems are described separately, to allow inclusion of only the necessary components in an application. Exact technical details are omitted as they are both constantly changing and not particularly relevant to the grant application. In the event these details are required, links to a current version of the detailed technical specification are supplied. Applicants are encouraged to modify the provided text to suit or include it in applications verbatim. The Sockeye system also lists a DOI should researchers wish to acknowledge the contributions of that system.
UBC Advanced Research Computing (“UBC ARC”) is a support unit dedicated to ensuring researchers with complex computations needs receive the resources and the supports they require to successfully carry out their research activities. In addition to managing research systems such as the UBC ARC Sockeye cluster or the UBC ARC Chinook storage system, and software offerings such as REDCap (Research Electronic Data Capture), UBC ARC aids researchers with systems and solutions architecture, grant applications, and training and support for local, regional, and national digital research infrastructure. ARC also provides consultation on matters of data privacy, security, data sharing agreements, and regulatory compliance.
UBC ARC Sockeye
The UBC ARC Sockeye (“Sockeye”) system operated by UBC Advanced Research Computing (“UBC ARC”) is a locally-managed computing cluster available to UBC researchers at no charge. Modern CPU core density coupled with high-performance storage and networking subsystems enable high performance computing (“HPC”) and high throughput computing (“HTC”) workloads while a significant compliment of GPU hardware enables GPU-accelerated workloads typical of artificial intelligence, machine learning, and a growing number of applications designed to take advantage of accelerator technologies. The on-premises nature of its computational and storage capabilities makes Sockeye suitable for addressing data of all sensitivity levels.
UBC ARC Chinook
The UBC ARC Chinook (“Chinook”) object store operated by UBC Advanced Research Computing (“UBC ARC”) is a geo-replicated storage service, consisting of two redundant and identical multi-petabyte object stores (Chinook in Vancouver and Tyee in Kelowna) connected to UBC and to Canada’s National Research and Education Network (“NREN”) via high-speed network. Suitable for individual files of up to 5TB, Chinook uses the Globus research data management system to transfer data to and from research facilities, collaborating institutions, and institutional, regional, and national computing partners, all over high-performance networks. This service is offered to eligible UBC researchers at no charge and can meet storage needs in the tens or even hundreds of terabytes. With both object stores residing in UBC owned and managed data centers, Chinook is suitable to house data of any sensitivity level while the Globus High Assurance data transfer system can ensure any requirements surrounding auditing of data access and movement are met.