Info Session: RAC 2020 & research computing resources at USask

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University of Saskatchewan

2D71, Agriculture Building

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Each fall, Compute Canada invites researchers across Canada from all disciplines to apply to its annual Resource Allocation Competitions (RAC).

If your research requires large-scale computing, cloud computing, data management, or data storage resources, WestGrid and its partners in ICT Research Computing at the University of Saskatchewan invite you to attend our Compute Canada RAC information session.

What Will Be Discussed:
This session wil cover:

  • This year's RAC details and proposal requirements

  • Changes / updates from last year (i.e. new scoring levels & criteria)

  • Tips for writing a strong RAC application

  • Support available (i.e. technical consultations & needs justification)

  • Research computing services & support available at the University of Saskatchewan

Who Should Attend:

  • Any researcher interested in learning more about Compute Canada's RAC process and/or the research computing resources available at the University of Saskatchewan

  • Previous RAC applicants who are interested in improving their RAC application this year

No previous knowledge or research computing experience required. This presentation is an information-sharing session.

If you have questions or would like more information, please contact

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Who is WestGrid & Compute Canada?

WestGrid is a not-for-profit organization with the vision to be a catalyst for digitally-enabled research and development in Western Canada.

Host to two national supercomputers (Arbutus at the University of Victoria and Cedar at Simon Fraser University) WestGrid is driving a regional digital research infrastructure strategy to meet the diverse needs of its stakeholder community.

This is done in partnership with Compute Canada, by delivering data management and advanced research computing (ARC) services, support, and training through a network of technical experts at seven Member institutions. The University of Saskatchewan is one of those Members.

How can we support your research?

  • Computation – Supercomputers and cloud computing resources provide thousands of cores, terabytes of RAM, and a variety of system architectures.

  • Data Storage – Robust storage solutions for backup and mid- to long-term storage.

  • Globus – A fast, secure, data management and file transfer tool.

  • ownCloud – 50Gb of shareable, Dropbox-like space available across multiple devices.

  • Research Portals – Hosting for specialized data and digital tools for supporting research communities.

  • Specialized Software – More than 250 software programs and packages.

  • Scientific Visualization – Visualization resources and expertise to help you analyze and showcase your data.

  • General Support & Expertise – Consultations regarding project architecture and resource needs with technical experts with skills ranging from specialty software selection to program optimization.

These resources and services are FREE to any researcher based at a Canadian post-secondary institution. For more information, contact

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University of Saskatchewan

2D71, Agriculture Building

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