8-13 August 2011
Rhode Island Convention Center
US/Eastern timezone

The Tiers of US ATLAS: Integrating a Distributed Computing Facility for LHC Physics

Aug 12, 2011, 10:50 AM
552 B (Rhode Island Convention Center)

552 B

Rhode Island Convention Center

Parallel contribution Computing in HEP Computing in HEP


Dr Robert W Gardner (University of Chicago)


DRAFT We discuss the US ATLAS experience in deploying, integrating and operating a set of distributed computing centers into a single, logical computing facility suitable to meet the simulation and analysis requirements for the first years of LHC physics. Particular attention is paid to the Tier 2 layer in the LHC computing hierarchy, which is a focal point of activity supporting centrally managed tasks from CERN, managed data transfers to and from the Tier 1 center at Brookhaven National Laboratory as well as Tier 1 and Tier 2 centers in Europe and Asia, sporadic user-driven transfers to university-based Tier 3 clusters, as well as chaotic analysis activity from a globally distributed collaboration. The Tier 2 centers provide a resource at an intermediate scale in HEP: larger than typical physics departmental computing clusters but smaller than facilities at the national laboratories, and therefore present a unique set of challenges. We describe new challenges emerging as the computing model evolves to meet the needs of ATLAS physics, implying Tier 2 computing scales reaching multiple-Petabyte storage systems and many-thousand computing cores.

Primary author

Dr Robert W Gardner (University of Chicago)

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