SouthGrid Tier2 resources at the University of Birmingham

Lead Research Organisation: University of Birmingham
Department Name: School of Physics and Astronomy

Abstract

The analysis of data from the Large Hadron Collider experiments will require global coordinated efforts in terms of hardware, software and staff. This grant will make a contribution towards this effort in particular in SouthGrid at the University of Birmingham.

Publications

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Antoniev I (2012) BESIII and SuperB: distributed job management with Ganga in Journal of Physics: Conference Series

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Dzhunov I (2012) Key developments of the Ganga task-management framework in Journal of Physics: Conference Series

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Currie R (2015) Recent developments in user-job management with Ganga in Journal of Physics: Conference Series

 
Description UK contribution to world wide computing system for LHC
Exploitation Route This computing system is being used for LHC data analysis and other large data projects
Sectors Aerospace, Defence and Marine,Digital/Communication/Information Technologies (including Software),Healthcare

 
Title Ganga 
Description Provides a user interface for job management across both local and grid/remote computing resources 
Type Of Technology Grid Application 
Year Produced 2016 
Impact Dr Mark Slater and Dr Matthew Williams are active developers of the Ganga project, which provides a user interface for job management across both local and grid/remote resources. This is a software tool that has and is being used outside of particle physics, in Astrophysics, Medical physics and the commercial sector, to help users manage their computing tasks. 
URL https://ganga.web.cern.ch/ganga/
 
Description Computing conference talk (Berlin, Germany) 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Conference talk about computing Grid application software "Ganga: an interface to the LHC computing grid", presented by Dr Matthew Williams, to a general audience of IT professionals, which stimulated increased interest in this area of research.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2014
URL https://ep2014.europython.eu/en/schedule/sessions/54/
 
Description Computing conference talk (Coventry) 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Conference talk on Grid computing application software: "Ganga: a Python interface for particle physics analysis", presented by Dr Matthew Williams, to a general audience of IT professionals, which stimulated further interest in this area of research.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2014
URL http://www.pyconuk.org/
 
Description General support for non-LHC users of Grid computing 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Dr Mark Slater provided general support for several small users and collaborations to allow them to leverage the grid resources, these include: PravDa (Beam therapy), LSST (Astrophysics), SNO+ and T2K (both non-LHC Particle Physics).
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2014,2015,2016
 
Description Python training day for Computational Biology department (Birmingham) 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Postgraduate students
Results and Impact Provided a day's training on Python for Computational Biology department in Birmingham. This has resulted in greatly improved use of Python in the department.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
 
Description Talk at Particle Physics Masterclass to school pupils 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? Yes
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Schools
Results and Impact About 100 school sixth formers attended Particle Physics Masterclass, followed by a question and answer session.

Schools often ask for staff visits
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2008,2009,2010
 
Description Talk at workshop on "Big Data" (Birmingham) 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Dr Mark Slater presented and participated at a "Big Data" workshop that brought together professional academic and research staff from many disciplines from across the University of Birmingham.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2014
 
Description Workshops on Grid and Ganga usage 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Dr Mark Slater organised two workshops on Grid and Ganga software usage to the wider HEP and scientific community in Jan 2016, Jan 2014 and Oct 2014.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2014,2016
URL https://github.com/ganga-devs/ganga/wiki/Full-Tutorial
 
Description masterclass Birmingham 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an open day or visit at my research institution
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Primary Audience Schools
Results and Impact 150 students attended a range of talks including one
15 minute talk on the grid

positive response to talk
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2007,2008,2009