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The first step towards computing XFEL data in Świerk

18.09.2017 Technology, Universities, Latest news

Signing of the agreement (photo: Marek Pawłowski / National Centre for Nuclear Research)

Computer Centre in Świerk - part of the National Centre for Nuclear Research - wants to process data acquired during experiments run at the free electron laser European XFEL. Memorandum of Understanding on this matter was signed on Friday in Hamburg.

The document was signed by Prof. Robert Feindenhans’l, European XFEL GmbH Managing Director, and Prof. Krzysztof Kurek, Director General of the National Centre for Nuclear Research.


Both signees of the Memorandum agreed to make every effort to discern capabilities and needs for remote processing of data generated in the course of research conducted in Hamburg. The parties will propose the architecture of a system capable of computing the data while providing necessary security and access control. Elements of the system would be located at the National Centre for Nuclear Research in Świerk. Throughput of links between Świerk and Hamburg will also be tested as part of the preliminary activities.


Scientific experiments and measurements at facilities as sophisticated as the European XFEL usually generate huge volumes of data that need to be stored and computed. Powerful computer centres run by competent staff are required to successfully manage and compute such volumes.


"We estimate that XFEL experiments will generate between several and a few tens of petabytes per year" - said Dr. Adam Padee, Head of Laboratory for Information Technologies at the National Centre for Nuclear Research, coordinator of the project on behalf of the National Centre for Nuclear Research. "Two advantages emerging from possible solution in which a fraction of that data stream would be stored and processed in another computer centre, in this case in Świerk, include significant relief for computing infrastructure used in Hamburg and increased safety and reliability".


Computer Centre in Świerk has been gathering the necessary experience in managing experimental data for a couple of years in the course of its cooperation with CERN (Geneva). Computer Centre in Świerk, a Tier-2 node in the CERN computer grid, is among the main sites where experimental data acquired at the LHCb detector (one of the four large experiments run at CERN’s Large Hadron Collider accelerator) are stored and processed.


The National Centre for Nuclear Research announced that the work on putting the memorandum arrangements in effect will start in the coming months, as soon as the preparatory work is completed. (PAP)


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