UBC ARC Sockeye

UBC ARC Sockeye is the new advanced research computing infrastructure now available to UBC researchers across all disciplines.

Sockeye is designed to significantly increase UBC’s computing and storage capacity and supplements the national platform for digital research infrastructure in order to meet immediate needs of UBC researchers. It has been funded by an $18.5 million capital investment by UBC in support of Research Excellence, Strategy 7: Research Support in UBC's strategic plan. 


  • Improves access to local advanced research computing resources such as storage and compute for critical research areas.
  • Offers security for those who work with sensitive or confidential data such as health data. 
  • Assists early-career researchers and researchers who are new to UBC in bridging to national platforms.


Sockeye includes a high-performance computing platform that features nearly 16,000 CPU cores, 200 GPUs, and more than 20 petabytes of storage capacity.

Sockeye is particularly well suited to transient, computationally intensive workloads that can be optimized by job scheduling and workload management software.

Detailed technical specifications

List of available software on Sockeye 


Researchers with a staff or faculty appointment at UBC are eligible to request an allocation on the Sockeye platform to conduct computationally intensive research.

The April 2020 application cycle for UBC ARC Sockeye applications ended 24 January, 2020.  Please check back for information on the next application cycle.

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., Compute Canada).

Support and resources 

UBC ARC Sockeye Frequently Asked Questions
For a list of frequently asked questions (FAQs) regarding Sockeye, please visit the UBC ARC Sockeye Frequently Asked Questions page here. 

Sockeye Terms of Service
For more information about the UBC ARC Sockeye service, eligibility, suitability, User responsibilities, access, support, and maintenance, please view the ARC Sockeye Terms of Service here

One-on-one consultations
The ARC team provides consultation and support across a wide range of high-performance computing domains. If you need assistance with your Sockeye application or other high-performance computing resources, please contact arc.support@ubc.ca.