Data Preservation at the Fermilab Tevatron

Apr 14, 2015, 2:30 PM
B503 (B503)



oral presentation Track5: Computing activities and Computing models Track 5 Session


Dr Bodhitha Jayatilaka (Fermilab)


The Fermilab Tevatron collider's data-taking run ended in September 2011, yielding a dataset with rich scientific potential. The CDF and D0 experiments each have nearly 9 PB of collider and simulated data stored on tape. A large computing infrastructure consisting of tape storage, disk cache, and distributed grid computing for physics analysis with the Tevatron data is present at Fermilab. The Fermilab Run II data preservation project intends to keep this analysis capability sustained through the year 2020 or beyond. To achieve this, we are implementing a system that utilizes virtualization, automated validation, and migration to new standards in both software and data storage technology as well as leveraging resources available from currently-running experiments at Fermilab. These efforts will provide useful lessons in ensuring long-term data access for numerous experiments throughout high-energy physics, and provide a roadmap for high-quality scientific output for years to come. We will present the status, benefits, and challenges of data preservation efforts within the CDF and D0 collaborations at Fermilab.

Primary authors

Dr Bodhitha Jayatilaka (Fermilab) Joe Boyd (Fermilab) Dr Ken Herner (Fermilab) Willis Sakumoto (University of Rochester (US))


Robert Roser (Fermilab)

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