Lead Research Organisation: University of Cambridge
Department Name: Physics


List the main objectives of the proposed research in order of priority [up to 4000 chars] We propose to deploy a Grid as the main mechanism for delivering very large scale computational resources to the UK Particle Physics community. We believe this foundation will underpin the success, and increase the discovery potential, of UK physicists. In order to do this we will need to establish a production quality Grid of unprecedented robustness, scale and functionality. Our plans ensure that sufficient hardware resources become available with applications that are codeveloped with the infrastructure, resulting in a Grid that is both accessible and inclusive. The proposal is fully integrated with international projects and we wish to seize the opportunity to capitalise on the UK leadership already established in several areas. The Grid will be directly connected to a large-scale e-Science Grid across Europe and will inter-operate with Grids in the United States. The UK has established 4 operational Tier-2s in the UK, London, NorthGrid, ScotGrid and SouthGrid, which are now all contributing significantly to LCG. The LCG Technical Design Report asserts that the role of the Tier-2s is to provide computational and appropriate storage services for Monte Carlo simulation and for end-user analysis. The Tier-2s will obtain data as required from Tier-1 centres, and the data generated at Tier-2s will be sent to Tier-1 centres for permanent storage. This proposal incorporates provision for a Tier-2 site at Cambridge University with the required service levels established as part of the SouthGrid Tier-2. Cambridge aims to provide resources to SouthGrid in the context of the CamGrid project, thereby levering extra capacity from the ongoing investments in the local campus grid.
Description Deployment of grid computing
Exploitation Route Deployment of grid computing
Sectors Digital/Communication/Information Technologies (including Software),Education

Description Clinical and Translational Research Committee Programme award
Amount £1,226,417 (GBP)
Funding ID C8857/A13405 
Organisation Cancer Research UK 
Sector Charity/Non Profit
Country United Kingdom
Start 03/2012 
End 02/2017
Description ATLAS 
Organisation European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN)
Department ATLAS Collaboration
Country Switzerland 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution We build parts of the SCT detector, electronics, software etc, and we do physics analysis.
Collaborator Contribution They built the other parts of the detector.
Impact Several hundred physics publications.
Description GridPP 
Organisation Queen Mary University of London
Department GRIDPP3
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution We run the Cambridge Tier 2 and write software like Ganga
Collaborator Contribution They run the rest of the Grid
Impact Scidiver Voxtox
Description LHCb 
Organisation European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN)
Department Large Hadron Collider Beauty Experiment (LHCb)
Country Switzerland 
Sector Public 
PI Contribution We built the RICH detectors, electronics and software
Collaborator Contribution They built the rest of the detector
Impact Many physics publications on B-physics
Company Name Scidiver 
Description Scientific text mining 
Year Established 2011 
Impact None so far.