17-18 September 2018
Alan Turing Institute, London
Europe/London timezone

Partnering with industry for machine learning at HL-LHC

17 Sep 2018, 10:05


Dr Maria Girone (CTO CERN OpenLab)


The High Luminosity LHC (HL-LHC) represents an unprecedented computing challenge. For the program to succeed the current estimates from the LHC experiments for the amount of processing and storage required are roughly 50 times more than are currently deployed. Although some of the increased capacity will be provided by technology improvements over time, the computing budget is expected to be flat and to close the gap huge gains in the efficiency for processing and analyzing events must be achieved. An area that has the potential for a significant breakthrough is Machine Learning. In recent years industry has invested heavily in both hardware and software to develop machine learning techniques to filter, process, analyze, and derive correlations from very large scale heterogeneous datasets. Through CERN openlab, with industry partners, and the R&D projects of the LHC experiments we are attempting to build on the industry investments to utilize these techniques for science. In this presentation we will discuss the activities of the CERN openlab industry partnerships in machine learning and how they can be extended to science applications.

Maria has a PhD in particle physics. She also has extensive knowledge in computing for high-energy physics experiments, having worked in scientific computing since 2002.Maria has worked for many years on the development and deployment of services and tools for the Worldwide LHC Computing Grid (WLCG), the global grid computing system used to store, distribute, and analyse the data produced by the experiments on the Large Hadron Collider (LHC).Maria was the founder of the WLCG operations coordination team, which she also previously led. This team is responsible for overseeing core operations and commissioning new services. Throughout 2014 and 2015, Maria was the software and computing coordinator for one of the four main LHC experiments, called CMS. She was responsible for about seventy computing centres on five continents, and managed a distributed team of several hundred people.Prior to joining CERN, Maria was a Marie Curie fellow and research associate at Imperial College London. She worked on hardware development and data analysis for another of the LHC experiments, called LHCb — as well as for an experiment called ALEPH, built on the accelerator that preceded the LHC.

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