12-15 July 2011
Saint George Hotel
Africa/Johannesburg timezone

South African e-Infrastructure for physics applications

14 Jul 2011, 14:15


Oral Presentation Track G - Theoretical and Computational Physics Theoretical


Mr Sean Murray (iThemba LABS)


Physics is one of the most digitally-intensive areas of modern research and has traditionally led the development of tools to increase the efficiency and capability of research activities. The integration of the tools necessary for today's competitive physics research projects, from HPC centres to data resources, metadata catalogues, and services to enable collaboration in virtual organisations has been done to a great extent in South Africa through the activities of the South African National Grid (SAGrid). By forming a collaboration to integrate their various computing facilities through the deployment of a common middleware, the members of the SAGrid Joint Research Unit provide many research communities with an integrated services infrastructure for collaboration. We will give an overview of the grid in South Africa and how it is connected to other regional infrastructure in Europe, North Africa, Latin America and the U.S. We will show how it has enabled the South African physicsists working on LHC experiments at CERN (ATLAS and ALICE) to conduct their work irrespective of their location. We will also show some examples of how the grid has enabled collaborative research in areas of physics, and what application porting and user training services are at the disposal of the general research communities. Advanced aspects of the grid middleware, such as data management, workflow, and usage of metadata catalogues will also be presented.

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Primary author

Dr Bruce Becker (Meraka Institute)


Mr Albert van Eck (University of the Free State (Computer Services)) Mr Andrew Lewis (University of Cape Town (ICTS)) Prof. Fourie Joubert (University of Pretoria (FABI)) Mr Francois Wolmarans (University of Johannesburg) Mr Hannes Kriel (North West University) Mr Jonathan Hartman (University of Johannesburg) Prof. Scott Hazelhurst (University of the Witwatersrand) Mr Sean Murray (iThemba LABS) Mr Sergio Ballestrero (CERN/UJ) Mr Stavros Lambropoulos (University of Johannesburg) Mr Thabo Molambo (North West University) Mr Timothy Carr (University of Cape Town (ICTS)) Ms Valeria Ardizzone (INFN, Sezione di Catania)

Presentation Materials