Different problems require differing degrees of computational resources to solve. In order to effectively meet the needs of demanding computational problems SHARCNET participates in a national resource allocation competition on behalf of Compute Canada, as well as operating a continuous competition for short-duration resource allocations throughout the year.
These competitions allow researchers (and their groups) to obtain high-priority job queues on SHARCNET systems so that their jobs start more quickly than regular jobs. It also provides access to storage resources beyond the default limitations (both duration and size).
Compute Canada NRAC (National Resource Allocation Competition)
The Compute Canada NRAC allocation process accepts applications for substantial dedicated resource allocations every September, as well as other specialized allocation rounds throughout the year.
If you have a Compute Canada account please log in to the Compute Canada website and visit your resource applications page for further details.
SHARCNET Continuous Small Dedicated Resources
The SHARCNET Continuous Small Dedicated Resources process accepts applications for substantial resource allocations throughout the year. The process is initiated by contacting a SHARCNET staff member to discuss the computational problem at hand and the suitability of it for the program.
For more information, please refer to the dedicated resources application guidelines for the current (2012) round.