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FLARE - GRID Infrastructure for LHC Experiments

English title FLARE - GRID Infrastructure for LHC Experiments
Applicant Grab Christophorus
Number 147470
Funding scheme FLARE
Research institution Institut für Teilchen- und Astrophysik ETH Zürich
Institution of higher education ETH Zurich - ETHZ
Main discipline Particle Physics
Start/End 01.04.2013 - 31.03.2014
Approved amount 830'839.00
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Keywords (6)

Information and Communication Technology; Big Data; Particle Physics; GRID Computing; Distributed Computing; LHC CERN

Lay Summary (German)

Lead
Das "Swiss Institute of Particle Physics (CHIPP)" ist stark im Projekt "Large Hadron Collider (LHC)" am CERN involviert.Die Schweiz ist Partner der "Worldwide LHC Computing Grid (WLCG)" Kollaboration, und also solche betreiben wir unser eigenes Grid Computing Zentrum um LHC Physik Analyse in der Schweiz durchzufuehren. Unser Zentrum steht am CSCS und ist direkt vernetzt mit den anderen weltweit operierenden Analysezentren des WLCG.
Lay summary
Das "Swiss Institute of Particle Physics (CHIPP)" ist stark im Projekt "Large Hadron Collider  (LHC)" am CERN involviert. Insbesondere sind wir Mitglieder in den drei LHC Experimenten ATLAS, CMS und LHCb. Der LHC Collider am CERN hat im Januar 2013 erfolgreich seine erste Datenperiode (2010-2013) beendet. Dabei wurden Protonen mit Protonen bei einer Schwerpunktsenergie von 7 und 8 TeV kollidiert.

Die gemessenen Daten erlauben uns Physikern die Strukturen von Materie zu untersuchen, und Bedingungen zu erzeugen, wie sie im fruehen Universum vorherrschten, kurz nach dem "Big Bang".
Eine der groessten Erfolge im 2012 war die Entdeckung eines neuen Teilchens, das absolut vertraeglich mit dem "Higgs Teilchen" ist. Dieses Higgs Teilchen ist eines der fundamentalen Bestandteile des "Standard Models der Teilchenphysik" und spielt eine wesentliche Rolle fuer das Verstaendnis der elektroschwachen Symmetrybrechung.

Die gesamte bisher gespeicherte Datenmenge am CERN betraegt bereits ueber 100 Petabytes.
Diese Daten werden weltweit verteilt, und ihre Analyse wird durch die weltweite Grid Computing Infrastruktur ermoeglicht, die durch die "Worldwide LHC Computing Grid (WLCG)" Kollaboration erstellt und betrieben wird.
 
Innerhalb dieses vorliegenden SNF Projekts nimmt die Schweiz als vertraglicher Partner des WLCG die Aufgabe eines nationalen LHC Analysezentrums war. Zusammen mit CSCS betreibt CHIPP am CSCS unser eigenes Grid Computing Zentrum fuer LHC Physik Analyse, das als sogenanntes "Tier-2 regional centre" innerhalb des WLCG weltweit vernetzt operiert.

Dieses Analysezentrum erlaubt den Schweizer Teilchenphysiker Forschung auf kompetitiver Augenhoehe mit anderen Nationalitaeten zu betreiben. Damit koennen die von den Schweizer Hochschulen im LHC investierten Mittel, sei es in Form von Hardware oder Personal, sinnvoll ausgenuetzt und optimal fuer Physikanalyse eingesetzt werden, um so das Potential von neuer, aufregender Physik am LHC auszuschoepfen.
Direct link to Lay Summary Last update: 19.04.2013

Lay Summary (English)

Lead
The Swiss Institute of Particle Physics (CHIPP) is strongly involved in the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) project at CERN.Switzerland is a committed partner of the WLCG collaboration, and as such we operate our own dedicated Grid computing facility for performing LHC physics data analysis in Switzerland. This project is involved in operating this facility, located at CSCS, and as such functions as our national Swiss "tier-2 regional centre" for LHC physics analysis.
Lay summary
The Swiss Institute of Particle Physics (CHIPP) is strongly involved in the Large Hadron Collider  (LHC) project at CERN, in particular in the three LHC experiments ATLAS, CMS and LHCb.
The LHC collided protons in head-on collisions at 7 and 8 TeV centre-of-mass  energies, and successfully concluded in January 2013 its first running period (2010-2013).

The data allows us physicists to penetrate still further into the structure of  matter and recreate the conditions prevailing in the early universe, just after the "Big Bang".
One of the big successes of 2012 was the discovery of a new particle, completely compatible with being the Higgs particle, the last undetected fundamental particle of the  Standard Model of particle physics, playing a major role in the understanding of the electroweak symmetry breaking.
 
The total amount of data produced by the detectors and written to storage at CERN has exceeded the amount of 100 Petabytes. The systematic analysis of these huge data sets is made possible by the computing infrastructure as established in the worldwide computing Grid (see http://lcg.web.cern.ch/lcg/).

Within the framework of  this particular SNF project, Switzerland is a committed partner of the WLCG collaboration, and as such we operate our own dedicated Grid computing facility for performing LHC physics data analysis in Switzerland.  CHIPP and CSCS (the Swiss National Supercomputing Centre) collaborate in the operation of a dedicated compute cluster "PHOENIX", located at the CSCS, that functions as  the national Swiss "tier-2 regional centre" within the worldwide WLCG hierarchy.
This Swiss Tier-2  keeps the Swiss particle physics community in a competitive position with respect to  other nations. It enables the utilization and exploitation of the Swiss investments in detector hardware and personnel by allowing appropriate analysis of LHC data, accessing the potential of new and exciting physics at the LHC.
Direct link to Lay Summary Last update: 19.04.2013

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Associated projects

Number Title Start Funding scheme
141092 Particle Physics at the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) 01.04.2012 Project funding
141289 FORCE - Support for CMS Tier-3 Analysis Facility 01.04.2012 FORCE / CERN
129890 FORCE - GRID Infrastructure for LHC Experiments 01.04.2010 FORCE / CERN
160434 FLARE - GRID Infrastructure for LHC Experiments 01.04.2015 FLARE
152784 High Precision CP Violation Physics at LHCb 01.04.2014 Project funding
153664 Measurements of Higgs boson properties and Searches for Supersymmetry with CMS 01.04.2014 Project funding
141290 FORCE - GRID Infrastructure for LHC Experiments 01.04.2012 FORCE / CERN
129499 Particle Physics at the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) 01.04.2010 Project funding
134623 FORCE - Support for CMS Tier-3 Analysis Facility 01.04.2011 FORCE / CERN
154217 FLARE: Maintenance & Operation for the LHC Experiments 2014 01.04.2014 FLARE
149870 Physics at 13-14 TeV with the CMS experiment at the LHC 01.10.2013 Project funding
173600 FLARE - GRID Infrastructure for LHC Experiments 01.04.2017 FLARE
169560 High energy physics research with CMS 2016-2018 01.10.2016 Project funding
149844 Research in Particle Physics with the CMS detector: Higgs bosons, dark matter, and their association to top quarks 01.10.2013 Project funding
154216 FLARE 2014-16: Operation, Computing and Upgrades of the CMS Experiment 01.04.2014 FLARE
149246 Teilchenphysik-Experimente und Entwicklung von Teilchen-Detektoren 01.10.2013 Project funding
134622 FORCE - GRID Infrastructure for LHC Experiments 01.04.2011 FORCE / CERN
154222 FLARE - GRID Infrastructure for LHC Experiments 01.04.2014 FLARE

Abstract

The Swiss Institute of Particle Physics (CHIPP) is strongly involved in the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) project at CERN, in particular in the three LHC experiments ATLAS, CMS and LHCb.The LHC collided protons in head-on collisions at 7 and 8 TeV centre-of-mass energies, and successfully concluded in January 2013 its first running period (2010-2013). The data allows us physicists to penetrate still further into the structure of matter and recreate the conditions prevailing in the early universe, just after the "Big Bang".One of the big successes of 2012 was the discovery of a new particle, completely compatible with being the Higgs particle, the last undetected fundamental particle of the Standard Model of particle physics, playing a major role in the understanding of the electroweak symmetry breaking. The total amount of data produced by the detectors and written to storage at CERN has exceeded the amount of 100 Petabytes. The systematic analysis of these huge data sets is made possible by the computing infrastructure as established in the worldwide computing Grid (see http://lcg.web.cern.ch/lcg/).Within the framework of this particular SNF project, Switzerland is a committed partner of the WLCG collaboration, and as such we operate our own dedicated Grid computing facility for performing LHC physics data analysis in Switzerland. CHIPP and CSCS (the Swiss National Supercomputing Centre) collaborate in the operation of a dedicated compute cluster "PHOENIX", located at the CSCS, that functions as the national Swiss "tier-2 regional centre" within the worldwide WLCG hierarchy.This Swiss Tier-2 keeps the Swiss particle physics community in a competitive position with respect to other nations. It enables the utilization and exploitation of the Swiss investments in detector hardware and personnel by allowing appropriate analysis of LHC data, accessing the potential of new and exciting physics at the LHC.
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