ESCAPE is attending, on 29th September 2020, the Kick-off workshop of a collaboration between four leading research organizations that will work to overcome challenges related to the use of high-performance computing (HPC) to support large, data-intensive science projects: CERN, the European Organization for Nuclear Research; SKAO, the organization leading the development of the Square Kilometre Array radio-telescope; GÉANT, the pan-European network and services provider for research and education; and PRACE, the Partnership for Advanced Computing in Europe.
The collaboration between CERN, SKAO, GÉANT and PRACE will see the organizations work together to help realize the full potential of the coming new generation of HPC technology. During an initial period of 18 months, the collaboration will develop a benchmarking test suite and a series of common pilot ‘demonstrator’ systems. Establishing a common benchmark suite will help the organizations to measure and compare the performance of different types of computing resources for data-analysis workflows from astronomy and particle physics. The suite will include applications representative of both communities — reflecting today’s needs, as well as those of the future. It will be for running on both HPC resources and high-throughput computing (HTC) resources, like the WLCG.
ESCAPE DIOS is a federated data infrastructure of open access data that enables large national research data centres to work together and build a robust cloud-like service to curate and scale up to multi-Exabyte needs. CERN is one of the ESCAPE partners and SKAO one of the European Strategy Forum on Research Infrastructures (ESFRIs) receiving support from ESCAPE on its data processing challenges.