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Wednesday, August 19 • 14:30 - 15:05
Reimagining the Worldwide LHC Computing Grid on Kubernetes - Lukas Heinrich, CERN & Alessandra Forti, University of Manchester

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At CERN, the home of the web, the Large Hadron Collider at CERN hosts some of the largest physics experiments ever constructed. The distributed infrastructure built over the last 20 years -- the World-wide LHC computing grid (WLCG) would today be described a federated, multi-cloud and multi-cluster deployment, mostly made up of a diverse set of research institute batch systems deployed on bare-metal or VMs. The rise of containers is an opportunity to reimagine the WLCG deployed on Kubernetes. In this talk we will cover how we leverage CNCF tools in this transition. Using e.g. containerd snapshotters for worldwide image distribution, Helm GitOps for reproducible configuration of multi-cluster setups and our deployment of services and batch workloads in that system. In a demo, we will deploy a member of the federation which will then receive workloads to analyze subatomic collision data.


Alessandra Forti

University of Manchester
Alessandra is senior system administrator and coordinator at one of the large UK Worldwide LHC Computing Grid sites. She has 20 years of experience on grid computing and as the coordinator of the Workflow Management System of the ATLAS Experiment she is leading the effort of moving... Read More →
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Lukas Heinrich

Physicist, CERN
Lukas Heinrich is a particle physicist working on the ATLAS Experiment. He focuses on introducing modern cloud computing tools to more systematically search for phenomena beyond the Standard Model of Particle Physics.

Wednesday August 19, 2020 14:30 - 15:05 CEST
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