Oct 10 – 14, 2016
San Francisco Marriott Marquis
America/Los_Angeles timezone

Volunteer Computing Experience with ATLAS@Home

Oct 13, 2016, 12:00 PM
GG C2 (San Francisco Mariott Marquis)


San Francisco Mariott Marquis

Oral Track 3: Distributed Computing Track 3: Distributed Computing


ATLAS@Home is a volunteer computing project which allows the public to contribute to computing for the ATLAS experiment through
their home or office computers. The project has grown continuously since its creation in mid-2014 and now counts almost 100,000
volunteers. The combined volunteers' resources make up a sizable fraction of overall resources for ATLAS simulation. This paper
takes stock of the experience gained so far and describes the next steps in the evolution of the project. These improvements
include running natively on Linux to ease the deployment on, for example, university clusters, using multiple cores inside one job to
reduce the memory requirements and running different types of workload, such as event generation. In addition to technical details,
the success of ATLAS@Home as an outreach tool is evaluated.

Primary Keyword (Mandatory) Distributed workload management
Secondary Keyword (Optional) Outreach
Tertiary Keyword (Optional) Virtualization

Primary author

David Cameron (University of Oslo (NO))

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