The second phase of CERN openlab, a partnership between CERN and leading IT companies, was officially launched at a ceremony at CERN today. The industrial partners in this second phase are HP , Intel and Oracle . The second phase of CERN openlab builds on experience from the last three years, where the partnership produced many excellent technical results in the field of cluster and Grid computing. Activities for the start-up of the second phase of CERN openlab are based around a Platform Competence Centre, a Grid Interoperability Centre, and an IT security initiative.
The Platform Competence Centre focuses on platform virtualisation as well as software and hardware optimisation. Platform virtualisation enables Grid applications to benefit from a highly secure and standardized environment presented by a “virtual machine hypervisor”, independent of all the hardware intricacies. Software and hardware optimisation is seen as a vital part of the deployment of a global computing Grid for the Large Hadron Collider (LHC), CERN’s flagship accelerator which is due to start operations next year. Optimisation can help to cope with the expected huge demand for computing resources by the scientists involved in the LHC experiments, and avoid that demand outstrips the available resources of the Grid.
The Grid Interoperability Centre is proposed as a reinforcement of the second phase of the EU-supported Enabling Grids for E-sciencE (EGEE) project, led by CERN. This will allow the CERN openlab partners to take part in the integration and certification of Grid middleware. The centre will focus on three activities: testing and certification of the EGEE middleware stacks on test-beds provided by the partners; support, analysis, debugging and problem resolution to deal with the problems encountered on the contributed test-bed; interoperability efforts that review current levels of Grid interoperability, also with middleware stacks proposed by the partners.
François Grey | alfa
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