Production experience and performance for ATLAS data processing on a Cray XC-50 at CSCS
Albert Einstein Center for fundamental Physics, University of Bern,
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Published online: 17 September 2019
Prediction for requirements for the LHC computing for Run 3 and for Run 4 (HL-LHC) over the course of the next 10 year, show a considerable gap between required and available resources, assuming budgets will globally remain flat at best. This will require some radical changes to the computing models for the data processing of the LHC experiments. The use of large scale computational resources at HPC centres worldwide is expected to increase substantially the cost-efficiency of the processing. In order to pave the path towards the HL-LHC data processing, the Swiss Institute of Particle Physics (CHIPP) has taken the strategic decision to migrate the processing of all the Tier-2 workloads for ATLAS and other LHC experiments from a dedicated x86 ̲ 64 cluster that has been in continuous operation and evolution since 2007, to Piz Daint, the current European flagship HPC, which ranks third in the TOP500 at the time of writing. We report on the technical challenges and solutions adopted to migrate to Piz Daint, and on the experience and measured performance for ATLAS in over one year of running in production.
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