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SHARCNET is pleased to announce the results of its Round XX Dedicated Programming Support competition. The primary objectives of this program are to enable key research projects with the potential for exceptional and lasting impact that require significant programming support to proceed, and facilitate optimal exploitation of SHARCNET’s or the Digital Research Alliance of Canada’s computing infrastructure for internationally leading research.

In this Round, programmer allocations have been awarded to:

  • Nasser Mohieddin Abukhdeir, Chemical Engineering, University of Waterloo
  • David Earn, Mathematics and Statistics, McMaster University
  • Kathleen Hill, Biology, Western University

SHARCNET plans to run another competition later this year, for awards commencing January 2023. Please visit our DP website for more information.



On September 22, 2022, the Alliance will launch the annual Resource Allocation Competition (RAC), a peer-reviewed process to grant priority access to compute, storage and cloud resources beyond what can be obtained via the Rapid Access Service.

Please refer to the RAC application guide for information on eligibility and submission requirements.

Applications must be submitted electronically through the CCDB by Wednesday, November 2, 2022 at 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time.

Have questions or need help with the RAC 2023 application process? Join us for a Q&A Session:

English: October 4 from 12 to 1:30 p.m. ET – Registration
French: October 5 from 12 to 1:30 p.m. ET – Registration

Questions? Please email allocations@tech.alliancecan.ca.



SHARCNET is issuing a call for proposals for Dedicated Programming Support Round XX. Applications are encouraged that satisfy the programme objectives and priority will be given to proposals that meet one or more of the following conditions:

  • Propose an innovative project that will leverage the capabilities of the national systems, such as “Graham” and the cloud.
  • Propose a programme of work that deals with the efficient processing of large, heterogeneous datasets using a variety of data mining, machine learning or other analytics software.

Applications are submitted via SHARCNET’s webportal and are due by August 31, 2022 at 11:59 pm EST. A consultation with a SHARCNET HPTC prior to submission is a programme requirement.

For additional information, please refer to the application guidelines. Questions should be addressed to research-support@sharcnet.ca.



We are pleased to announce the 2022 Compute Ontario Summer School jointly organized by the three consortia: Centre for Advanced Computing, SciNet and SHARCNET. The Summer School is a free series of workshops on skills and technologies for compute and data intensive research delivered by experts in these fields.

The Summer School will begin on May 30th, 2022 and will run until August 5th, 2022, offering virtual (online) workshops on a variety of topics, including advanced research computing basics, high performance computing tools, programming languages, machine learning, visualization, programming GPUs, and bioinformatics. The Summer School workshops are at the beginner-to-intermediate levels of difficulty. Prerequisites are listed in each workshop description.

Sign up now to receive registration notifications for the Summer School workshops. Registration will open two weeks prior to each workshop. One can register for one, some, or all of the workshops in the Summer School. Registration is limited, so please register early. We look forward to hosting you this summer!



SHARCNET is pleased to announce the results of its Round XIX Dedicated Programming Support competition. The primary objectives of this program are to enable key research projects with the potential for exceptional and lasting impact that require significant programming support to proceed, and facilitate optimal exploitation of SHARCNET’s or Compute Canada’s computing infrastructure for internationally leading research.

In this Round, programmer allocations have been awarded to:

  • David Earn, Mathematics and Statistics, McMaster University
  • Kathleen Hill, Biology, Western University

SHARCNET plans to run another competition in the Spring of 2022. Please visit our DP website for more information.



The Ontario government is investing $48 million over two years to support ground-breaking work at leading research institutes and universities across the province. This funding was announced in the 2021 Ontario Economic Outlook and Fiscal Review: Build Ontario on November 4 and will help put Ontario at the forefront of innovation, ensuring that research and research infrastructure continues to be competitive to attract the best and brightest talent to the province.

Details were by Jill Dunlop, Minister of Colleges and Universities at the Perimeter Institute in Waterloo, Ontario.

“Ontario is committed to supporting trailblazing work that will help ensure the province remains a leader in advanced science, technology and innovation, and is a jurisdiction of choice for scientific research,” said Minister Dunlop. “With this investment, the province will be in a better position to attract, develop and retain talented researchers so we can continue making major advances and solving the complex problems facing us today, right here in Ontario.” …more



SHARCNET is issuing a call for proposals for Dedicated Programming Support Round XIX. Applications are encouraged that satisfy the programme objectives and priority will be given to proposals that meet one or more of the following conditions:

  • Propose an innovative project that will leverage the capabilities of the national systems, such as “Graham” and the cloud.
  • Propose a programme of work that deals with the efficient processing of large, heterogeneous datasets using a variety of data mining, machine learning or other analytics software.

Applications are submitted via SHARCNET’s webportal and are due by December 12, 2021 at 11:59 pm EST. A consultation with a SHARCNET HPTC prior to submission is a programme requirement. Please note that the deadline has recently been extended to December 19, 2021 at 11:59 pm EST.

Due to the current workload of SHARCNET programming staff, only a limited number of proposals are expected to be awarded in this round. For additional information, please refer to the application guidelines. Questions should be addressed to research-support@sharcnet.ca.



The Compute Canada Federation invites researchers to apply to its annual Resource Allocation Competitions (RAC). These competitions give researchers the opportunity to have access to more compute, storage and cloud resources. Applications submitted are evaluated for both technical feasibility and scientific excellence.

Proposals to the Resources for Research Groups (RRG) and the Research Platforms and Portals (RPP) competitions must be submitted electronically through the Compute Canada DataBase (CCDB) by Thursday, November 4, 2021, at 11:59 PM (EST).

To be eligible to submit an application to any of the Resource Allocation Competitions, Principal Investigators (PI) and co-PIs must be a faculty member at a Canadian academic institution, and have an active Compute Canada account with an Academic PI role (Faculty, Adjunct Faculty or Librarian).

Q&A sessions are planned as follows:

English: September 29th, noon-1:30 pm (EST) register
French: October 1st, noon-1:30 pm (EST) register