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Large Scale Computing and Storage Requirements for High Energy Physics


Large Scale Computing and Storage Requirements for High Energy Physics

An HEP / ASCR / NERSC Workshop November 12-13, 2009


Large Scale Computing and Storage Requirements for High Energy Physics, Report of the Joint HEP / ASCR / NERSC Workshop conducted Nov. 12-13, 2009


This workshop is being organized by the Department of Energy's Office of High Energy Physics and Office of Advanced Scientific Computing Research (ASCR) to elucidate computing requirements for high energy physics research at NERSC. These requirements will serve as input to the NERSC planning processes for systems and support, and will help ensure that NERSC continues to provide world-class support for scientific discovery to DOE scientists and their collaborators.

The tangible outcome of the workshop will be a report that includes the computing, storage, data, and support requirements and a supporting, science-based narrative.

Location and Schedule

The day and half workshop will be held all day Thursday, November 12 and on the morning of Friday, November 13, 2009.

Hilton Washington DC/Rockville Executive Meeting Center
1750 Rockville Pike
Rockville, MD 20852


The workshop is by invitation only. There is no registration fee; however, you MUST respond to the e-mail address that was in your invitation letter.


Hilton Washington DC/Rockville Hotel & Executive Meeting Ctr. See the Logistics page for more information.

Meeting Format

This workshop will generate a requirements document for the HEP Program Office. This document will be composed of a series of case studies prepared using input from the workshop attendees.

If you are a workshop attendee you should review the preliminary case study documents and other materials on the Reference Materials page. Please then use these background materials in combination with your own knowledge and experience to generate a narrative describing your scientific research program. Examples of science narratives with their accompanying requirements matrices can be found in the Case Study Requirements Update document. Please bring your case study (narrative and corresponding data table) with you to the workshop.

At the workshop we will review the documents and speak among the attendees to ensure that we understand the science being done insofar as it has an impact on future facilities and services. We will ask participants to give a short presentation summarizing their work and computing needs.

The tangible outcome of the workshop will be a document that includes both the HPC requirements and a supporting narrative.

Note that in this and other documents we may use the term "computing requirements" to mean the full complement of computational science needs, including compute cycles, storage, data services, analysis, support services, visualization, and communications.

Workshop Agenda

The agenda for this workshop is presented here: including presentation times and speaker information. Read More »

Reference Materials

Information for participants about how to prepare a case study is here. Read More »


A list of invited participants. Read More »

Organizing Committee

This workshop is organized by ASCR, HEP, and NERSC. Read More »

Workshop Logistics

Workshop location, directions, and registration information are included here... Read More »