FAQs updated 01 December 2020.
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, as long as they have an enhanced Campus Wide Login and an institutional email address.
If you need to restrict access for one project, but would like to use your allocation for more than that one project, please contact UBC ARC at email@example.com. Some of the reasons that you may request this are that the funder, partner, or data steward requires that the data only be accessed by a limited number of individuals. In cases where this cannot be accommodated by one allocation, two allocations may be granted to one individual.
No. Each application is assessed independently, regardless of previous allocations.
No. Virtual machines are not available at this time.
No. Only those who are part of an allocation can become a user on UBC ARC Sockeye.
Yes, you can move jobs from Compute Canada to UBC ARC Sockeye by translating submission scripts from Slurm to PBS Pro Community Edition. Submitting and managing jobs on UBC ARC Sockeye are similar to the procedures on Compute Canada.
Yes. The UBC ARC Sockeye storage subsystems are redundant and resilient to failures.
Yes. Commonly used software packages are available as “modules” on UBC ARC Sockeye. Please see the current list of modules here under "technical specifications. Please note that the list of available software on Sockeye is subject to frequent change.
Users on UBC ARC Sockeye may also install software on their own, subject to technical compatibility.
Yes. The maximum wall time is currently 168 hours. Researchers can contact us to learn how their computations may work within the current limits.
Access to all computation resources ends at the same time as the allocation. Users will retain access to UBC ARC Sockeye for a maximum of 14 days to remove/copy data, but no computation will be possible during that period.
Before the allocation period ends, a number of reminders will be sent to users. A second call will also go out in advance of the current allocation period ending. Existing users who are awarded another round of allocation will be able to continue to use the system normally as the old allocation ends and the new one begins.
Researchers may apply for a Standard Allocation at any time. Allocations run until June 30th each year.
Calls for Priority Allocations will take place twice per year. Information about the next Priority Allocation Call for Applications will be posted on our website once available/prior to the start of the next call: https://arc.ubc.ca/ubc-arc-sockeye
Please check the UBC ARC Sockeye page for the latest updates. You can also watch for email notifications and announcements from UBC ARC.
Faculty members with an existing Standard or Priority Allocation may request a Reservation Allocation.
The Reservation Allocation is available on an ad hoc basis through a consultation and accommodates short-term requirements for additional compute resources on Sockeye. To request a Reservation Allocation, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org to schedule a consultation.