CHEP '04


Physicists and industry experts meet in Interlaken to discuss future of scientific computing

Geneva, Switzerland 23 September 2004 - Next week, CERN[1] will be hosting CHEP'04, a major conference for Computing in High Energy and Nuclear Physics, at the Congress Centre in Interlaken (September 27 – October 1). This edition of CHEP[2] will be particularly auspicious, falling in the week where CERN, the European Organisation for Nuclear Research, celebrates its fiftieth anniversary. On the day of the anniversary, September 29th, a special session on the Future of Scientific Computing will feature lead speakers from the IT industry, who will discuss the future of information technology. This topic is of paramount importance to the High Energy Physics community, which is continually pushing the envelope for scientific computing applications, and currently leading the development of Grid computing for science.

Together with partner institutions around the world, CERN launched the first truly global computing Grid, called the LHC Computing Grid (LCG), exactly a year ago. This Grid, which is dedicated to experiments on CERN's next generation particle smasher, the Large Hadron Collider (LHC), is already running in production mode, with over 7000 computers and nearly 7 Petabytes of storage distributed in some 20 countries. Similar to the World Wide Web, which was developed at CERN and first publicised at a CHEP conference 12 years ago by Tim Berners-Lee and his colleagues, Grid computing is an emerging application of the Internet with potential implications that go well beyond science. For the over 500 physicists and computer scientists who will gather at CHEP this year, the progress of the LCG will be one of the primary points of interest on the agenda.

The special industry session on the 29th of September will run from 9:00 to 12:30, and is open to the press. It will feature:

Andrew Sutherland, Vice President, Technology Solutions Oracle Europe, Middle East & Africa, who will argue that the evolution of computing is not slowing down yet.

Jai Menon, IBM Fellow and Director and Chief Technologist Storage Systems Architecture and Design, who will outline the Grand Challenges facing storage systems.

Stan Williams, Senior HP Fellow Director, Quantum Science Research at HP, who will provide a perspective on the evolution and revolution in the design of computers based on nanoelectronics.

John Roese, Chief Technology Officer at Enterasys Networks, who will address the future of high speed LANs.

Dave McQueeney, Chief Technology Officer for IBM's US Federal team, who will review the technological outlook for computing from IBM's perspective.

At 16:30, a press conference will feature some of the morning speakers as well as CERN representatives, and will provide an opportunity to discuss the future of Scientific Computing with the experts. The press conference will be opened by Robert Aymar, Director General of CERN, who will describe why particle physics continues to push the envelope for all sorts of technologies, including computing. Fabiola Gianotti, a leading scientist at CERN, will summarise the computing challenges that the High Energy Physics community forsees on the 5-10 year horizon. Wolfgang von Rüden, Head of CERN's IT Department, will describe the challenges of getting Grid computing to work for the start-up of the Large Hadron Collider. Industry speakers from the morning session will summarise the main points of their talks, followed by an extended Q&A session with the press.

As well as Grid middleware, Grid deployment, Grid security and scientific applications for the Grid, CHEP '04 will address wide area networking, where CERN and Caltech have recently set records for transatlantic high-speed data transfer, as well as computer fabrics, software tools, frameworks and libraries, information systems, event processing algorithms and online computing. An industrial exhibition offers a chance to learn about the latest advances from leading providers of hardware and software. For more details see

CHEP'04 is sponsored by the industrial partners of the CERN openlab for DataGrid applications, a collaboration which is testing and validating cutting-edge hardware and software solutions in CERN's demanding Grid environment. The CERN openlab partners are Enterasys, HP, IBM, Intel and Oracle.

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