Nikhef Physics Data Processing - Advanced Computing for Research

Physics today would be inconceivable without computing and intense data processing. From the analysis of the LHC data, at 30 Peta-bytes per year, to long-term achival of unique results, and calculating exact theoretical predictions, data processing is all around us. And that data processing is collaborative, global, and at the edge of what is technically feasible (and sometimes just beyond what’s possible …)

A founding partner of the Dutch national e-Infrastructure, ICT has been a core activity since its beginning of Nikhef. Together with SURF we host the Dutch LHC Tier-1 facility and are a colocation facility for over 180 public and private networks, connecting peers across the world, including many of our key science partners.

Enabling Research Infrastructure and Advanced Computing Technology

The Nikhef Data-Processing Facility (NDPF), our high-throughput platform, is part of a Tier-1 for LHC, a Tier-like node for XENON and Virgo, and serves Dutch science as a core node of the Dutch National e-Infrastructure coordinated by SURF. It also provides the infrastructure for Stoomboot, the Nikhef analysis cluster and high-throughput storage environment.

Provisioned on top of coordinated hardware systems and an underlying cloud facility, it follows demand and can address ‘exotic’ cases. For unique experiments, we work with many systems and network vendors to challenge the limits of tomorrow’s computing.

Applied Advanced Computing

Increased physics reach is only possible today via research on new algorithms, systems, and software infrastructure; the viability, validity and utility is ultimately tested by application to Nikhef research.

Infrastructure for Collaboration

Nikhef has been involved in the development and operation of advanced distributed AAI infrastructures for distributed computing since its early beginnings, and in protecting these resources from security incidents. These activities at Nikhef cover all aspects of infrastructure for collaboration: from the development of site access control middleware and federated security protocols, to defining policies and handling operational incident response and risk assessment.

Enabling collaboration needs a world that is consistent, and willing to work with partners from across the globa. The Interoperable Global Trust Federation IGTF, in which Nikhef plays a founding and continuing prominent role, enables trust and security practices that work, Nikhef is also responsible for operational security in EGI, and has executed several national and international projects that integrate federated AAI technologies, including a comprehensive site access control suite and co-defined the AARC Blueprint Architecture standards.

Nikhef strongly promotes the outreach of existing and emerging federated AAI to the research communities, and actively engages with these communities by providing consulting advice and support.