UBC ARC Sockeye

UBC ARC Sockeye (“Sockeye”) is a high-performance computing platform available to UBC researchers across all disciplines. With nearly 16,000 CPU cores and 200 GPUs, Sockeye is designed to significantly increase UBC’s computing capacity and supplement the national platform for digital research infrastructure (DRI) in order to meet the immediate needs of UBC researchers. 


New Users 

Eligible UBC Researchers can ask for a Sockeye allocation at any time. Note that Eligible UBC Researchers are defined by the UBC Policy #LR2: Research, Procedures Section 4.1. A Sockeye allocation provides shared access to all available GPUs and CPUs, and includes 5TB of project storage and 5TB of scratch space for immediate computing for up to 12 months (applications to be renewed by June 30th each year).  Applications for Standard Allocations may be submitted here. 

New and Existing Users

Whether you are a new or existing user of Sockeye, if it is evident that more resources are required than our standard Sockeye allocation, contact us at arc.support@ubc.ca to discuss options. A consultation may also be scheduled.  Note that priority for additional resources is primarily awarded to eligible UBC researchers who meet one or more of the following criteria:

  • Are new to UBC (within five years),
  • Are early-career researchers, or
  • Have research data that must be hosted on-site or cannot be accommodated by any other existing computational resources (e.g., the national DRI platform). 


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).


Sockeye includes a high-performance computing platform that features nearly 16,000 CPU cores, 200 GPUs, and 3 petabytes of storage capacity.


Sockeye Technical User Documentation
For detailed technical documentation for Sockeye users, please view the UBC ARC Technical User Documentation.

Sockeye Frequently Asked Questions
For a list of frequently asked questions (FAQs) regarding Sockeye, please see the page on Sockeye Frequently Asked Questions. 

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

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 Sockeye or other high-performance computing resources, please contact: arc.support@ubc.ca.


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 computational resources and services provided by Advanced Research Computing at the University of British Columbia.”

Researchers are asked to annually submit a list of materials that reference ARC, 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.