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QCDgrid: A Grid Resource for Quantum Chromodynamics

  • J. Perry
  • L. Smith
  • A. N. Jackson
  • R. D. Kenway
  • B. Joo
  • C. M. Maynard
  • A. Trew
  • D. Byrne
  • G. Beckett
  • C. T. H. Davies
  • S. Downing
  • A. C. Irving
  • C. McNeile
  • Z. Sroczynski
  • C. R. Allton
  • W. Armour
  • J. M. Flynn
Article

Abstract

Quantum Chromodynamics (QCD) is an application area that requires access to large supercomputing resources and generates large amounts of raw data. The UK's national lattice QCD collaboration UKQCD currently stores and requires access to around five Tbytes of data, a figure that is growing dramatically as the collaboration's purpose built supercomputing system, QCDOC [P.A. Boyle, D. Chen, N.H. Christ, M. Clark, S.D. Cohen, C. Cristian, Z. Dong, A. Gara, B. Joo, C. Jung, C. Kim, L. Levkova, X. Liao, G. Liu, R.D. Mawhinney, S. Ohta, K. Petrov, T. Wettig and A. Yamaguchi, “Hardware and software status of QCDOC, arXiv: hep-lat/0309096”, Nuclear Physics. B, Proceedings Supplement, Vol. 838, pp. 129–130, 2004. See: http://www.ph.ed.ac.uk/ukqcd/community/qcdoc/; P.A. Boyle, D. Chen, N.H. Christ, M.A. Clark, S.D. Cohen, C. Cristian, Z. Dong, A. Gara, B. Joo, C. Jung, C. Kim, L.A. Levkova, X. Liao, R.D. Mawhinney, S. Ohta, K. Petrov, T. Wettig and A. Yamaguchi, “Overview of the QCDSP and QCDOC computers”, IBM Journal of Research and Development, Vol. 49, No. 2/3, p. 351, 2005] came into full production service towards the end of 2004. This data is stored on QCDgrid, a data Grid currently composed of seven storage elements at five separate UK sites.

Key words

distributed data management Grid quantum chromodynamics 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • J. Perry
    • 1
  • L. Smith
    • 1
  • A. N. Jackson
    • 1
  • R. D. Kenway
    • 1
  • B. Joo
    • 1
  • C. M. Maynard
    • 1
  • A. Trew
    • 1
  • D. Byrne
    • 1
  • G. Beckett
    • 1
  • C. T. H. Davies
    • 2
  • S. Downing
    • 3
  • A. C. Irving
    • 3
  • C. McNeile
    • 3
  • Z. Sroczynski
    • 3
  • C. R. Allton
    • 4
  • W. Armour
    • 4
  • J. M. Flynn
    • 5
  1. 1.The School of PhysicsThe University of EdinburghEdinburghUK
  2. 2.Department of Physics and AstronomyUniversity of GlasgowGlasgowUK
  3. 3.Department of Mathematical SciencesUniversity of LiverpoolLiverpoolUK
  4. 4.Department of PhysicsUniversity of Wales SwanseaSwanseaUK
  5. 5.School of Physics and AstronomyUniversity of SouthamptonSouthamptonUK

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