Particle physicists attend summer school in Kumpula

Researchers set to work on Grid technology in particular in the CERN-organised school.

Researchers set to work on Grid technology in particular in the CERN-organised school

CERN, Europe's largest particle physics research institute, is holding its School of Computing for particle physicists in Helsinki this year. Currently under way, the CSC has brought 80 particle physicists and computer scientists from all over the world to the Kumpula campus.

In the summer school, which lasts until this Friday, young researchers busy themselves most of all with questions related to Grid technology. Grid refers to globally dispersed data processing, in which both the data and computing capacity are located all around the world.

CERN, located in Geneva, Switzerland, has been developing Grid middleware since 2001. The shared computing capacity made possible by Grid technology will benefit scientific communities that process vast quantities of data, such as particle physics, chemistry, biosciences, bioinformatics, and earth and space sciences.

Finland is also heavily involved in the scientific research and development of Grid technology. Helsinki Institute of Physics, a joint institution of the Universities of Helsinki and Jyväskylä and Helsinki University of Technology, has participated in CERN’s EU-financed Grid projects from the beginning.

In addition to Grid, the CSC programme includes physics computing and software technologies.

The CERN School of Computing summer school is organised every year in one of the CERN Member States. Finland is now hosting the CSC for the first time. Helsinki Institute of Physics is responsible for the practical arrangements for the Kumpula summer school.

For more information on the CSC, please visit

Text: Liisa Lähteenmäki
Photo: Maximilien Brice, Copyright CERN

Translation: Valtasana Oy

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