UITS and the Pervasive Technology Institute (PTI) worked for more than a decade to create and operate the computing grid that analyzed data from the Large Hadron Collider and enabled the verification of the existence of the Higgs boson. The Open Science Grid (OSG) is operated, managed and maintained by Research Technologies and PTI, and provided CERN scientists with billions of computer hours since the Large Hadron Collider began collecting data.
“As far as I know this is the largest amount of computing power ever amassed to enable a single scientific discovery,” said Rob Quick, manager of the OSG Operations Center and production operations coordinator for the OSG. Quick’s group implemented and created software that enabled data from the Large Hadron Collider to be analyzed on a network of computers that span the world.
The IU OSG and Midwest Tier2 Center groups include William Barnett (PI for the OSG Operations Center NSF grant), Elizabeth Prout, Alain Deximo, Kyle Gross, Soichi Hayashi, Richard Knepper, Thomas Lee, Matthew R. Link, Chris Pipes, Robert Quick, Sarah Schmiechen, Scott Teige, Von Welch and Sarah Williams. IU networking experts supporting this effort include Jon-Paul Herron, Dave Jent and Jim Williams.