UT Arlington professors expanding “big data” technology for ATLAS

UT Arlington is teaming with the U.S. Department of Energy’s Brookhaven and Argonne national laboratories to develop a universal version of PanDA, a workload management system built to process huge volumes of data from experiments at the Large Hadron Collider in Geneva, Switzerland.

The new project will bolster science and engineering research that relies on “big data,” a priority recently promoted by The White House. The U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Advanced Scientific Computing Research has awarded a combined $1.7 million to Brookhaven and UT Arlington to fund the PanDA work over the next three years.

Kaushik De, a physics professor and director of UT Arlington’s Center of Excellence for High Energy Physics, and Gergely Zaruba, an associate professor of computer science and engineering, are co-principal investigators for the University’s portion, which totals $704,488.

UT Arlington and Brookhaven developed PanDA for use by the ATLAS collaboration, a particle physics experiment at the Large Hadron Collider at CERN. ATLAS includes 3,000 physicists from UT Arlington and more than 170 other institutions, 40 of which are in the United States.

ATLAS computing hardware is located at 100 computing centers around the world that manage more than 50 petabytes, or 50 million gigabytes, of data. UT Arlington is home to the ATLAS Southwest Tier 2 grid computing center.

Read more about the PanDA project.

Source: MavWire

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