Computing Node Project
Our group is working in close collaboration with the NecTec center for the development of a Computing Grid to serve the needs of the Thai scientific community. In particular, we set up a Tier-2 node of Thailand that is part of the Worldwide LHC Computing Grid (WLCG). The computing node is serving the HEP community (CMS, ALICE) by providing computing power and fast, direct access to LHC data, to satisfy the needs of HEP research in Thailand. It is also providing computing power to other scientific research fields (e.g., Chemistry, Engineering, Weather and Climate Change, etc).
Currently, three Thai universities have joined two experiments at CERN. Physicists at the Chulalongkorn University (CU) join the CMS experiments, while those at Suranaree University of Technology (SUT) and King Mongkut’s University of Technology Thonburi (KMUTT) join the ALICE experiment. The consortium currently operates three Tier-2 sites that are being used to support the physics studies. Two sites for ALICE experiment are located at NSTDA (T2_TH_ALICE_NSTDA) and SUT (T2_TH_SUT). Another one for the CMS experiment is located at NSTDA (T2_TH_CUNSTDA), using the computing resources from CU and NSTDA. In addition, CU has a Tier-3 site (T3_TH_CHULA) that is being operated and maintained by PPRL physicists.
These sites are under the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) of the WLCG. This MoU has been signed on Oct 10th, 2013. The last updated MoU can be found at http://wlcg.web.cern.ch/collaboration/mou