GridPP4: The UK Grid for Particle Physics

Lead Research Organisation: University of Cambridge
Department Name: Physics


This proposal, submitted in response to the 2009 invitation from STFC, aims to provide and operate a computing Grid for the exploitation of LHC data in the UK. The success of the current GridPP Collaboration will be built upon, and the UK's response to production of LHC data in the period April 2011 to March 2015 will be to ensure that there is a sustainable infrastructure providing 'Computing in the LHC era' We propose to operate a Grid as the main mechanism for delivering very large-scale computational resources to the UK particle physics community. This foundation will underpin the success and increase the discovery potential of UK physicists. We will operate a production-quality Grid, delivering robustness, scale and functionality. The proposal is fully integrated with international projects and we must exploit the opportunity to capitalise on the UK leadership already established in several areas. The Particle Physics Grid will form a central part of the UK National Grid Infrastructure (NGI) that will be integrated with the European Grid Initiative (EGI) and which will inter-operate with Grids in the United States and elsewhere. The project will be managed across various domains and will deliver the UK's commitment to the worldwide LHC Computing Grid (wLCG) and ensure that worldwide activities directly benefit the UK. By 2015, the UK Grid infrastructure will have expanded in size to 40,000 cores, with more than 60 PetaBytes of storage. This will enable the UK to exploit, in an internationally competitive way, the unique physics potential of the LHC. A total request is made for £27.8m for a four year GridPP4 project starting in April 2011.


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Aaboud M (2017) Measurement of jet fragmentation in Pb+Pb and collisions at TeV with the ATLAS detector at the LHC. in The European physical journal. C, Particles and fields

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Aaboud M (2017) Reconstruction of primary vertices at the ATLAS experiment in Run 1 proton-proton collisions at the LHC. in The European physical journal. C, Particles and fields

Description Deployment of grid computing networks.
Exploitation Route Deployment of grid computing networks.
Sectors Digital/Communication/Information Technologies (including Software),Education

Description Deployment of grid computing networks.
First Year Of Impact 2008
Sector Digital/Communication/Information Technologies (including Software)
Impact Types Economic

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 Private 
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.