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CCTVal of the USM was featured in an international Journal on research and education

The “In the Field” publication highlighted the Basal Center’s collaboration in the processing of data generated by the ATLAS experiment, as a major international contribution.

The “In the Field” publication highlighted the Basal Center’s collaboration in the processing of data generated by the ATLAS experiment, as a major international contribution.

 The Scientific and Technological Center of Valparaiso (CCTVal for its Spanish acronym) of the Federico Santa María Technical University, was recently featured in the In the Field publication due to its international collaboration with leading global institutions such as the European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN) in Switzerland, the National Aeronautical and Space Administration (NASA), Jefferson Laboratory and Brookhaven National Laboratory, in the United States.

The publication, dedicated to promoting global network experiences on research and education, emphasized CCTVal’s participation in the processing of data generated by the ATLAS experiment in the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) at CERN, through its High Performance Computing Laboratory (HPC), part of the Center’s Computing and Informatics area of research.

This HPC cluster started working on the ATLAS experiment at the beginning of 2009, as the first Latin American computing center to be part of the Worldwide LHC Computing Grid (WLCG). In 2013, taking greater responsibility, it was certified by CERN as a “Tier-2” Production Center due to its large storing and processing capacity and, more importantly, because it was backed up as a reliable computing resource center through a special agreement  by the WLCG. Nowadays, the CCTVal cluster has more than 700 CPU nuclei and around 300 Tb of hard disk space and it is part of a network of more than 170 organizations in 40 countries that make up the WLCG.

Its capacities allow the CCTVal cluster to not only collaborate regularly in ATLAS, but also to process information for the USM and other Chilean universities’ research, resolving a vast array of  basic and applied science problems in different branches of physics, chemistry, astronomy and informatics, among others.

International collaboration

According to CCTVal researcher and PhD in Physics, Yuri Ivanov, “the CERN’s ATLAS experiment (in the picture) is one of the largest experiments to be ever conducted in the world. Around 70% of our cluster resource (that is close to 400 CPU nuclei) is permanently utilized for ATLAS related work; and all of this - which is not a small number! - equals to only 0.1% of the total worldwide collaboration”.

Doctor Ivanov has been one of the researchers in charge of the work conducted at the CCTVal High Performance Computing cluster, together with Luis Salinas, Lead Researcher of the Center´s Computing and Informatics area, and William Brooks, Lead Academic of the USM’s ATLAS group. Meanwhile, about CCTVal’s acknowledgement by the In the Field publication, Doctor Ivanov highlights that “introducing the public to our work is a good indication of its relevance”.

For his part, CCTVal Director, Ivan Schmidt, pointed out that “for the Center’s cluster to be considered ‘Tier-2’ category by CERN is highly relevant. To be considered in this publication is an acknowledgment to what we have done in terms of computing”.

In addition to the ATLAS experiment data processing, the Scientific and Technological Center of Valparaiso collaborates in parallel with CERN in other theoretical and experimental areas such as the upgrade and construction of parts for the experiment’s detector, the construction of a Pre-Shower detector for the detection of dark matter, and the manufacturing of muon detectors, among other collaborations for the Large Hadron Collider. 

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Escrito por Super User 13 · Jul · 2017

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