If you are a new user, this page will guide you through the access options we offer.
First, we strongly recommend you go through the Getting started page on our technical wiki. It gives you a lot of useful information and links to technical documentation you’ll need to start using our resources.
How to access resources
1. Create an account: To access any of our ARC resources, you must first obtain an account.
- Access to cloud resources, via RAS or RAC, also requires access to a cloud project. For more details on gaining access to a cloud project, see the cloud documentation on our technical wiki.
2. Default access: All users get access to a basic amount of resources upon the activation of their account. This allows users to experiment and start working right away.
- Storage: see default storage quotas available.
- Compute: CPU and GPU resources are available for opportunistic use (no priority).
3. Rapid Access Service (RAS): Principal Investigators can request additional storage and cloud resources without having to apply to the Resource Allocation Competitions (RAC), but compute priority can only be increased through RAC.
Many research groups can meet their needs through RAS alone. For more information, please visit our Rapid Access Service page.
4. Resource Allocation Competitions (RAC): These are peer-reviewed competitions for projects that need resources beyond what is available via RAS.
There are two main competitions:
- Research Platforms and Portals (RPP): Resources for the development of scientific gateways built primarily using our Cloud Services. The normal application round opens every fall.
- Resources for Research Groups (RRG): Intended for individual faculty members from all disciplines, and their sponsored users. The normal application round opens every fall. There is also a Fast Track application process for those that have an active allocation and meet the Fast Track eligibility criteria.
More details on the RAC are available on this page.