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Registration Procedure for the digital alliance of Canada

To access the ressources, a canadian researcher must create an account. Once this account is created, that person will be able to sponsor students, postdocs or collaborators.

You can begin by consulting the Calcul Canada youtube channel. Compute Canada is the previous name of the alliance.

The procedure is as follows:

1- Registration of the Professor

Once the application is accepted the researcher should receive an email with an account number like this: xxx-xxx-xx

2- Registration of the student on the same link and select sponsored student and enter the account number that was assigned to the supervisor by the alliance.

3- Once the confirmation email is sent to the student or researcher the account is active and allows access to the grids. However, if you specifically need the Niagara cluster, you have to request it since it's not included by default.

4- Read the alliance documentation to learn how to submit a job, use modules and other information.


Digital alliance of Canada (ex Compute Canada) File Transfer



replace x.y.z by the latest version number

tar xzf globusconnectpersonal-latest.tgz
cd globusconnectpersonal-x.y.z
Follow the instructions in order to connect (copy the web link to a browser to obtain the authorization code)


Change the permissions (in case the connection to globus fails)

chmod 755 ~/.globusonline/lta
chmod 600 ~/.globusonline/lta/*
Start the server

./globusconnect -start

Go to globus website to transfert your files

Local drive access

In order to use a local drive like /local for example you need to add a line to the file ~/.globusonline/lta/config-paths



If you need to use CPL in calcul Québec or compute Canada grid, you need to register to IBM academic in order to get your own student CPLEX version (you need to downloads the IBM ILOG CPLEX Optimization Studio for Linux x86-64 Multilingual).

Then in your local account in Compute Canada or Calcul Québec grid, you can install CPLEX following the instructions in the help page:


On some of the clusters, gurobi is installed. However, you need to make a request by email to be autorised to use it.