FIFE computing at European sites

The experimental collaborations that make up the FIFE community have always been international with collaborators from dozens of countries. Now, computing resources that are used are coming from beyond Fermigrid and other Open Science Grid (OSG) sites in the United States. In the past year, the site outside of Fermilab providing the most computing resources to the NOvA experiment has been the Institute of Physics of the Czech Academy of Sciences (Fyzikální Ústav AV ČR or FZU). FZU, which in the past also provided computing resources to the DZero experiment, has been set up as an OSG site, which allows NOvA physicists to submit jobs via familiar FIFE tools. In the past year, NOvA has utilized over 6 million computational hours at FZU.

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Figure 1: NOvA computational hours at sites outside of Fermigrid in the past 12 months

 

When NOvA collaborators at the Joint Institute for Nuclear Research (JINR) in Russia were interested in providing computing resources to NOvA, FIFE and OSG staff followed the model set by FZU and set up access to a JINR computing cluster via an OSG site. A similar setup is currently being established at the University of Bern in Switzerland for the MicroBooNE experiment.

- Bo Jayatilaka