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The Compute Canada Federation has adopted a set of policies and consents. The following must be accepted in order to obtain and renew an account: Access to the Compute Canada Federation Resources and Services Policy; Terms of Use; Privacy and Personal Information Protection Policy; Consent to Collect, Use, and Disclose Personal Information; Consent to Disclose Personal Information in the Compute Canada Database (CCDB) to the New Digital Research Infrastructure Organization (NDRIO). Accepting the Consent to Access User Data is optional. However, not consenting to this agreement may limit our ability to provide the support required in certain cases.

Access to Compute Canada Federation Resources and Services Policy

Definitions

  • Academic Principal Investigator: faculty member (full- and part-time), adjunct faculty member, or librarian at a Canadian university, college, or research hospital that is eligible to hold Canada Foundation for Innovation (CFI) grants;

  • Research Institute Principal Investigator: lead researcher at a Canadian research institute that is eligible to hold CFI grants.

  • Non-Academic Principal Investigator: industry, non-profit, and government researcher, who, in specific circumstances, may apply to access CCF resources and services through regional Digital Research Infrastructure (DRI)-serving organizations: WestGrid; Compute Ontario; Calcul Québec; ACENET.

  • Sponsored User: any individual whom a Principal Investigator has identified and approved for access to resources and services.

Academic Principal Investigators may apply to access, free of charge, CCF resources and services.

Limited access to CCF resources and services may also be made available, free of charge, to Research Institute Principal Investigators.

There are circumstances in which a Non-Academic Principal Investigator can apply to access CCF resources and services directly through regional Digital Research Infrastructure (DRI)-serving organizations. This access may or may not be free of charge. Please visit their websites for more information, including their contact details: WestGrid; Compute Ontario; Calcul Québec; ACENET.

Any Principal Investigator can identify and approve Sponsored Users to assist with their research.

For further information on access and eligibility, please visit the following webpage.

Terms of Use

Canada's national advanced research computing (ARC) platform is delivered through the Compute Canada Federation (the CCF), which is a partnership of Compute Canada (CC), regional Digital Research Infrastructure (DRI)-serving organizations (WestGrid, Compute Ontario, Calcul Québec and ACENET) and academic institutions across Canada. Together, CCF partners provide computing infrastructure and services to a wide variety of academic disciplines from virology to astrophysics and literary analysis.

Definitions

  • Account Holder: an individual who has a Compute Canada Database (CCDB) account.

  • Compute Canada Federation (CCF): a partnership of Compute Canada, regional DRI-serving organizations (WestGrid, Compute Ontario, Calcul Québec, and ACENET), and academic institutions across Canada.

1. Access to Resources

1.1 You will never access or attempt to access any CCF resources (or any other user's data on the CCF resources) other than those resources or data to which you have been granted access.

1.2 You will always abide by any policies, protocols, or requirements that are in effect at institutions with which you are affiliated, such as an Acceptable Use Policy. In a situation in which a conflict exists between the CCF Terms of Use and the policies at institution(s) with which you are affiliated, you must notify1 the CCF staff and comply with any requirements identified by the CCF staff.

1.3 You will not allow any other individual to use your account to access CCF resources. If others require access as part of your research, these individuals must apply for their own account.

1.4 Any CCF account credentials and information used for authentication are confidential and you are responsible for keeping them secure.

1.5 You will provide and keep up-to-date user information in the Compute Canada Database (CCDB). [Updates can be made by logging into your account at https://ccdb.computecanada.ca/security/login.]

2. Conduct Requirements

2.1 You are responsible for the activities associated with your account and for the use of resources assigned to you.

2.2 You are responsible for understanding and meeting any privacy, confidentiality and acceptable use policies, requirements, laws or regulations that apply to your research and data. This includes, for instance, any provincial privacy laws or ethics board requirements affecting any data that you store on CCF systems.

2.3 In the event, your account is compromised or suspicious activity is detected related to resources assigned to you, you agree to work with CCF staff and any institution with which you are affiliated to resolve the issue.

2.4 At no time will you use CCF resources for any activity that contravenes any applicable laws or regulations. You are responsible for identifying all applicable laws and regulations that may apply.

2.5 You agree that should you ever be investigated or found liable for any contravention of Canadian law, or any other applicable laws, the CCF is in no way responsible or liable for such contraventions or for any penalties associated with it. If anyone attempts to make the CCF liable for anything related to your research or your use of CCF resources, you agree to work with CCF staff to address the issue.

2.6 You must immediately notify2 the CCF if you become aware of any unauthorized access or use of CCF resources or data or of any event that might affect CCF information security or privacy.

2.7 You will complete an annual account renewal process to retain access to resources assigned to you.

2.8 The CCF reserves the right to define abuse of resources and take appropriate action where and if necessary. For example, it has the right to monitor use of its systems, deactivate an account, or block access to CCF resources.

3. Use of Resources

3.1 You will not use the CCF resources in any situation in which failure or fault of the use of the resources could lead to death or serious injury of any person or animal, or serious physical or environmental damage.

3.2 You will not introduce software into the CCF environment that may damage, interfere with, or capture any system, program, or data outside of your own assigned resources. The CCF reserves the right to identify, quarantine or delete any such software, as well as any related data.

3.3 You will not attempt to probe, scan, penetrate or test any CCF services or systems for vulnerability nor to probe, scan, penetrate or test any external services or systems.

3.4 You will not try to access or intercept data not intended for yourself or for the resources that are assigned to you.

3.5 You will not send or assist with unsolicited bulk communications.

3.6 You will not use applications without valid and appropriate licensing.

3.7 You will not use software services that would override CCF authentication or policy enforcement.

3.8 You will not use software or services that provide unprotected access to shared CCF resources.

3.9 You will not knowingly use CCF resources in a manner that impedes or denies the ability of others to use the resources to which they have been granted access.

3.10 You are expected to use CCF resources efficiently.

4. Acknowledgement and Reporting

4.1 In any publication or communication related to your use of CCF resources, you agree, where possible and appropriate, to acknowledge the CCF's contribution as prescribed in the CCF Acknowledgement Policy.

5. Termination

5.1 Failure to abide by these Terms of Use may result in the revocation of access privileges as well as legal action against you or your institution.

5.2 If access is revoked or expired, the CCF will archive or retain your data for a one- year period. Temporary data3 will not be preserved and may be deleted at any time. After a year, if no action has been taken to reactivate the account, the CCF reserves the right to permanently delete all of your data.

6. Provision of Service

6.1 The CCF reserves the right to move data that is stored in the CCF systems and has been inactive for at least one year to manage and improve overall system performance.

6.2 The CCF reserves the right to request documentation that demonstrates that proper authorization is in place for the use of CCF resources.

6.3 The CCF reserves the right to audit and monitor the usage of, performance, and security posture of its systems to manage service stability, integrity, accessibility, and confidentiality.

6.4 To maintain overall system performance, the CCF reserves the right to manage system load. This may include deactivating logins or deleting jobs without notice.


  1. Contact by email at support@computecanada.ca or contact your local CCF representative. 

  2. Contact by email at security@computecanada.ca or contact your local CCF representative. 

  3. Temporary data includes any information stored on a device not intended for data preservation (e.g. scratch storage, temporary disk allocation, caches, etc.) 

Privacy and Personal Information Protection Policy

1 -- Objectives

Canada's national advanced research computing (ARC) platform is delivered through the Compute Canada Federation (the CCF), which is a partnership of Compute Canada (CC), regional Digital Research Infrastructure (DRI)-serving organizations (WestGrid, Compute Ontario, Calcul Québec and ACENET), and academic institutions across Canada. Together, CCF partners provide computing infrastructure and services to a wide variety of academic disciplines from virology to astrophysics and literary analysis.

In the course of its operation, the CCF collects, stores, transmits, and uses Personal Information of CCF account holders. This policy outlines the CCF's commitment to protecting this Personal Information, as well as the policies that apply to it.

2 -- Definitions

  • Account Holder: an individual who has a Compute Canada Database (CCDB) account.

  • Academic Principal Investigator: faculty member (full- and part-time), adjunct faculty member, or librarian at a Canadian university, college, or research hospital that is eligible to hold Canada Foundation for Innovation (CFI) grants.

  • Research Institute Principal Investigator: lead researcher at a Canadian research institute that is eligible to hold CFI grants.

  • Non-Academic Principal Investigator: industry, non-profit, and government researcher, who, in specific circumstances, may apply to access CCF resources and services through regional Digital Research Infrastructure (DRI)-serving organizations: WestGrid; Compute Ontario; Calcul Québec; ACENET.

  • Compute Canada Federation (CCF): a partnership of Compute Canada, regional Digital Research Infrastructure (DRI)-serving organizations (WestGrid, Compute Ontario, Calcul Québec and ACENET), and academic institutions across Canada.

  • CCF Team Member: any individual employed by or working on behalf of any institution or organization within the CCF.

  • Funder: an organization or government that provides funding to support CCF operations.

  • Partner: a member institution or regional DRI-serving organization that is operating infrastructure or providing services as part of CCF operations.

  • Personal Information: any information about an account holder for which there is a serious possibility that the individual could be personally identified through the use of that information, alone or in combination with other available information.

  • Sponsored User: any individual whom a Principal Investigator has identified and approved for access to resources and services.

3 -- Scope

The CCF collects Personal Information about CCF Account Holders that is necessary to operate, maintain, and provide resources and services in the pursuit of its duties, the fulfillment of its mandate, or as part of its obligations to its funders.

Personal Information covered by this policy is Personal Information that is used to:

  1. manage and administer accounts, including tracking system usage and allocations;
  2. manage the Resource Allocation Competition (RAC), Rapid Access Service, and other allocation processes;
  3. communicate with Account Holders, including through the creation of mailing lists; and
  4. comply with funder requests and requirements, including those from the New Digital Research Infrastructure Organization (NDRIO).

Account Holders can view their Personal Information by logging into their account. Email addresses and phone numbers can be changed by users directly by logging into their account. Other changes to Personal Information can be requested through support@computecanada.ca.

4 -- Policy Statements

  1. The CCF collects, stores, transmits, and uses only Personal Information that is essential to the pursuit of its duties, the fulfillment of its mandate, or as part of its obligations to its funders.
  2. Consent related to the collection, storage, transmission, and use of Personal Information will be obtained each time an account is created and from time to time, as policy may change.
  3. For Personal Information that is held on CCF servers, access is shared on an as needed basis to CCF Team Members who require access for the purposes identified above in Section 3 - Scope.
  4. Access to Personal Information for Sponsored Users is shared with anyone who has sponsored, identified, and approved them for access to resources.
  5. The CCF will not disclose Personal Information to external entities without the prior consent of the individual concerned or as required by law. However, Personal Information may be shared with appropriate law enforcement authorities, if suspected criminal activities are detected.
  6. In some circumstances, the CCF may use a third party that may store data on servers located outside Canada. The use of these third parties will be identified in advance.
  7. The CCF uses reasonable and appropriate security measures to protect against loss, theft, or unauthorized access, disclosure, use, or modification of the Personal Information that it collects, stores, transmits, and uses. In the event of unauthorized disclosure of Personal Information, the CCF will notify all affected Account Holders.

Consent to Collect, Use, and Disclose Personal Information

The CCF may, in the course of its operations, collect, store, transmit, and use Personal Information to operate, maintain, and provide resources and services in the pursuit of its duties, the fulfillment of its mandate, or as part of its obligations to its funders.

This applies to the following Personal Information:

  • identity information (e.g. CC Identifier, username, CC role(s), etc)
  • session information (e.g. login IP, geo-localisation, session preference, etc.)
  • contact information (e.g. telephone number, email address)
  • academic information (e.g. institution, department, field of research, etc.)
  • Curriculum Vita (CV) information as contained in Canadian Common CV (CCV) or similar
  • Resources Allocation Competition (RAC) information
  • project information (e.g. project identifier, project membership, project title, project description, research area, etc.)
  • usage information (e.g. allocation identifier, allocation membership, resource utilization, service utilization, event attendance, etc.)

The CCF retains the right to store any of the Personal Information listed above. If you do not consent to this policy, the CCF will not be able to offer you its services.

There are organizations and individuals with which the CCF may share your Personal Information. These are:

  • CCF team members
  • Regional Digital Research Infrastructure (DRI)-serving organizations (WestGrid, Compute Ontario, Calcul Québec and ACENET)
  • Canadian academic institutions operating a service on behalf of the CCF
  • Institutions with which you are affiliated
  • External reviewers who take part in RAC
  • Funders, to comply with funding requirements, reports, or requests
  • Principal Investigators who require access to verify and approve sponsored users to whom they have provided access to their CCF resources
  • Law authorities, in cases in which the CCF or law enforcement suspect or discover a security-related event

CCF will never disclose any Personal Information to third parties for the purposes of profit or advertisement.

Consent to Access User Data

When you open a support request, Compute Canada Federation (CCF) team members may be able to help you more quickly if they are allowed to access your files. In most cases, read-only access to a limited number of files is all that will be needed. On rare occasions, providing support may require altering some of your files (write access). Such changes will always be limited to what is strictly necessary to resolve the issue. In the case of minor changes, our team will always inform you of any action that they have taken. In the case of more significant changes, they will ask explicitly for your consent before making the change.

Do you agree to allow CCF team members to access the files as described above without explicitly asking for your consent each time the files need to be accessed?

Consent to Disclose Personal Information in the Compute Canada Database (CCDB) to the New Digital Research Infrastructure Organization (NDRIO)

Compute Canada is in its final year of operations. Therefore, Personal Information contained within the CCDB will need to transition to NDRIO, which will coordinate and fund activities for Canada's national advanced research computing (ARC) platform in the future.

While a timeline for transition has not yet been established, Personal Information will be provided to NDRIO to support a seamless transfer of information prior to March 31, 2022. This includes:

  • identity information (e.g. CC Identifier, username, CC role(s), etc)
  • session information (e.g. login IP, geo-localisation, session preference, etc.)
  • contact information (e.g. telephone number, email address)
  • academic information (e.g. institution, department, field of research, etc.)
  • Curriculum Vita (CV) information as contained in Canadian Common CV (CCV) or similar
  • Resources Allocation Competitions (RAC) information
  • project information (e.g. project identifier, project membership, project title, project description, research area, etc.)
  • usage information (e.g. allocation identifier, allocation membership, resource utilization, service utilization, event attendance, etc.)

If you choose not to provide consent, you will no longer be able to access CCF resources and services, including RAC 2022.

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