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Title: LHC@Home: A BOINC-based volunteer computing infrastructure for physics studies at CERN
Authors: Cai, Y
Cameron, D
Crouch, M
Maria, RD
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, ID
Rivkin, L
Segal, B
Sjobak, K
Skands, P
Tambasco, C
Veken, FVD
Zacharov, I
Keywords: volunteer computing;high energy physics;particle accelerators;beam dynamics
Issue Date: 1-Feb-2018
Publisher: Hindawi
Citation: Open Engineering, 2017, 7 (1), pp. 379 - 393
Abstract: 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.
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