2009 News

Cloud Computing and Belle Presentation at VPAC by Martin Sevior on 24 April 2009

Martin Sevior, Associate Professor at the School of Physics at the University of Melbourne made a presentation on the use of Cloud computing within the Belle High Energy Physics experiment at VPAC on 24 April 2009. The presentation which is attached was also broadcast via Access Grid.

This presentation was first given to the International Conference of Computing in High Energy and Nuclear Physics.

Title: "Belle Monte-Carlo production on the Amazon EC2 cloud."
Martin Sevior, Tom Fifield (University of Melbourne) and Nobu Katayama

The SuperBelle project to increase the Luminosity of the KEKB collider by a factor 50 will search for Physics beyond the Standard Model through precision measurements and the investigation of rare processes in Flavour Physics. The data rate expected from the experiment is comparable to a current era LHC experiment with commensurate Computing needs. Incorporating commercial cloud computing, such as that provided the Amazon Elastic Computing Cloud (EC2), into the SuperBelle computing model may provide a lower Total Cost of Ownership for the SuperBelle computing solution.

To investigate this possibility, we have deployed the complete Belle Monte-Carlo simulation chain on EC2 to benchmark the cost and performance of the service. This presentation will describe how this was achieved as well as the bottlenecks and costs of large-scale Monte-Carlo production on EC2.

Biographical details for Martin Sevior
Martin Sevior is Associate Professor at the School of Physics at the University of Melbourne. He is a member of the Belle and ATLAS experiments and has been involved with Grid computing since 2001. He is also a core contributor to the Open Source Wordprocessor, AbiWord.