Comtrade collaboration improves access to LHC data

Comtrade said it has joined CERN openlab as an associate member.

The collaboration will address the accessibility, manageability and scalability of the EOS storage system used by the European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN). By improving EOS deployment, data access and management, Comtrade will enhance collaboration among the growing number of research organizations participating in the experiments on the world´s most powerful particle accelerator — the Large Hadron Collider (LHC).

As part of CERN´s mission to study the basic constituents of matter, the Organization stores and shares data with collaborating institutions around the globe. The CERN Data Centre collects more than 30 petabytes of data per year from the LHC experiments. CERN´s EOS Large Scale Storage System is the keystone of the LHC data processing, with installations across two centers for a total 140 petabytes of installed disk space.

The amount of data produced by the LHC experiments is increasing dramatically, and the number of research organizations participating in these experiments is also growing. Consequently, CERN has a plan to productize the EOS system, in order to facilitate easy data access and use by external contributors. Due to its extensive expertise in storage, network and systems management, Comtrade was selected to enhance the EOS´s capabilities.

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