Imagine a To-Do list with 10 Million jobs. This week the GPC Supercomputer at Canada’s SciNet Consortium completed its ten-millionth physics simulation.
ATLAS, an international experiment based at the Large Hadron Collider in Geneva, Switzerland is one of SciNet’s biggest users. “The SciNet facility provides the largest ATLAS Tier-2 Analysis Facility in Canada and we now run about 8,000 jobs a day for ATLAS, about 2.2 million in the last 12 months”, said Dr. Leslie Groer, in charge of the ATLAS project at SciNet. “Simulation calculations like this one are vital to understand the ATLAS detector and to analyze the physics coming from the largest experiment in the world.”