Particle Physics Grid Computing at Lancaster

Lead Research Organisation: Lancaster University
Department Name: Physics

Abstract

Particle physics is about to receive huge amounts of data from the Large Hadron Collider. In order to process it and do the physics analysis, you need a lot of computing power and disk to store the data on. This can only be done by spreading the job over many sites aorund the world and linking them with cleaver software ('middleware') to make them all seem as if they were almost local. The resulting system is called a Grid. This proposal is to provide the some of the required Grid reosurces at Lancaster, and to fuind people to commission and operate the system, and to complete work on providing interfaces and programmes to use the Grid effectively.

Publications

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Aad G (2015) Study of the spin and parity of the Higgs boson in diboson decays with the ATLAS detector. in The European physical journal. C, Particles and fields

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Aad G (2010) The ATLAS Inner Detector commissioning and calibration in The European Physical Journal C

 
Description Supported pilot commercial use (e.g. Cambridge Ontology)
First Year Of Impact 2007
Impact Types Economic

 
Description GridPP 
Organisation European Grid Infrastructure (EGI)
Country Netherlands 
Sector Charity/Non Profit 
PI Contribution Middleware, hardware, operations; ATLAS Member of the PMB, formerly Applications Co-ordinator, Deputy Chair of Users Board. Provide Deployment Team member.
Collaborator Contribution Middleware, operations, co-ordination
Impact some papers, enabled many physics papers.
 
Description T2K 
Organisation T2K Collaboration
Country Global 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution Collaborators, detector builders (ND280), operators
Collaborator Contribution Collaborators
Impact Papers, detector R&D
 
Description WLCG 
Organisation European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN)
Department Worldwide LHC Computing Grid (WLCG)
Country Switzerland 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution Hardware, middleware, operations; Collaboration Board Member and Chair
Collaborator Contribution Hardware, middleware, operations, co-ordination
Impact All LHC and Tevatron papers
 
Description 5 Particle Physics Masterclasses/Residentials 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Schools
Results and Impact Increases interest in science and particle physics

Increased applications to Lancaster, citing particle phsyics interest
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2013
 
Description Big bang fair 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Big Bang Fair, general science exhibition at the NEC
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2014,2015
 
Description Royal Society Summer Exhibition 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact many thousands saw stands on the Grid/Higgs physics/Beyond the Higgs
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2008,2011,2014