CERN

Advanced Resource Connector Soft- ware for ATLAS and LHC computing

Coordinating university: Lund University, www.lu.se 

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Project description
ATLAS is the biggest instrument at the biggest machine on Earth, the Large Hadron Collider (LHC). It is 46 meters long and weighs 7000 tonnes, working like a huge camera, taking very detailed “pictures” of particle collisions. With a spacial resolution of microns, the raw size of one “picture” is 1.6 Mbytes, and with data taking rates of Megahertzs, it collects several Petabytes of raw data a year. The challenge is to store this data, process it to create samples ready for analysis, and to make it available to physicists around the world in real-time. No single supercomputer exists meet this challenge, so the solution is to use the global network of supercomputers, for which our team develops software.

Team
Lund University:

  • Oxana Smirnova, Doctor, team leader, specialist in scientific computing

  • Balazs Konya, Doctor, specialist in distributing computing

  • ‘Florido Paganelli, systems expert, computer scientist

Core deliverables
Advanced Resource Connector (ARC) software

Industry involvement
Industry involvement in the distributed computing project comes indirectly, through high-performance computing and storage hardware, and partially through open source software.

Year
2001 –

Total budget
EUR 2 million

Collaboration

  • Lund University

  • Uppsala University

  • University of Oslo

  • University of Copenhagen

  • Jozef Stefan Institut

  • University of Bern

  • Taras Shevchenko National University of Kyiv

Hyperlink
www.nordugrid.org

Procurement Code
Information technology