LHC@Home: A BOINC-based volunteer computing infrastructure for physics studies at CERN

Javier Barranco, Yunhai Cai, David Cameron, Matthew Crouch, Riccardo De Maria, Laurence Field, Massimo Giovannozzi, Pascal Hermes, Nils Høimyr, Dobrin Kaltchev, Nikos Karastathis, Cinzia Luzzi, Ewen Maclean, Eric McIntosh, Alessio Mereghetti, James Molson, Yuri Nosochkov, Tatiana Pieloni, Ivan D. Reid, Lenny RivkinBen Segal, Kyrre Sjobak, Peter Skands, Claudia Tambasco, Frederik Van Der Veken, Igor Zacharov

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The LHC@Home BOINC project has provided computing capacity for numerical simulations to researchers at CERN since 2004, and has since 2011 been expanded with a wider range of applications. The traditional CERN accelerator physics simulation code SixTrack enjoys continuing volunteers support, and thanks to virtualisation a number of applications from the LHC experiment collaborations and particle theory groups have joined the consolidated LHC@Home BOINC project. This paper addresses the challenges related to traditional and virtualized applications in the BOINC environment, and how volunteer computing has been integrated into the overall computing strategy of the laboratory through the consolidated LHC@Home service. Thanks to the computing power provided by volunteers joining LHC@Home, numerous accelerator beam physics studies have been carried out, yielding an improved understanding of charged particle dynamics in the CERN Large Hadron Collider (LHC) and its future upgrades. The main results are highlighted in this paper.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)379-393
Number of pages15
JournalOpen Engineering
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 29 Dec 2017


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    Barranco, J., Cai, Y., Cameron, D., Crouch, M., De Maria, R., Field, L., Giovannozzi, M., Hermes, P., Høimyr, N., Kaltchev, D., Karastathis, N., Luzzi, C., Maclean, E., McIntosh, E., Mereghetti, A., Molson, J., Nosochkov, Y., Pieloni, T., Reid, I. D., Rivkin, L. & 6 others, Segal, B., Sjobak, K., Skands, P., Tambasco, C., Van Der Veken, F. & Zacharov, I., 1 Jan 2017, Proceedings of the Third International Conference BOINC-based High Performance Computing: Fundamental Research and Development (BOINC:FAST 2017). Ivahsko, E. & Rumyantsev, A. (eds.). CEUR-WS, Vol. 1973. p. 15-26 12 p. (CEUR Workshop Proceedings).

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