Grid Computing

  • Grid Computing Centre Karlsruhe (GridKa)
    GridKa is the German tier 1 center of the Worldwide LHC Computing Grid project (WLCG). It provides Grid access to massive compute and storage capacities for data analysis of the four LHC experiments ALICE, ATLAS, CMS and LHCb, for the high energy physics experiments BaBar at SLAC, CDF and Dzero at Fermilab and Compass at CERN, and for Auger as well as for 25 further user communities of the D-Grid Initiative.
  • Worldwide LHC Computing Grid (WLCG)
    The European research centre CERN has built the Large Hadron Collider (LHC). Four huge detectors will record the trajectories of elementary particles being created by the collision of accelerated protons or atomic nuclei. These experiments will produce roughly 15 million Gigabytes of data annually. The mission of the WLCG project is to develop, build, and maintain a computing infrastructure for storage and analysis of the LHC data. SCC is contributing to WLCG with GridKa and GGUS.
  • Physics at the Terascale
    The Helmholtz Alliance “Physics at the Terascale” bundles German activities in the field of high-energy collider physics. It is a network comprising all German research institutes working on LHC experiments, a future linear collider or the related phenomenology - 18 universities, two Helmholtz Centres and one Max Planck Institute. The Alliance includes the following topics: development of new accelerator and detector technologies, methods of data analysis, development of theoretical models and methods and development of the relevant computing infrastructure.  
  • Distributed Deployment of Databases (3D)
    3D is part of the WLCG project. The WLCG 3D project is a joint activity between Large Hadron Collider (LHC) experiments and WLCG tier sites to co-ordinate the set-up of database services and facilities for relational data transfers as part of the WLCG infrastructure. The project goal is to provide a consistent way of accessing database services at CERN tier 0 and collaborating WLCG tier sites to achieve a more scalable and available access to non-event data (e.g. conditions, geometry, bookkeeping and possibly event level meta data). Further goals include the co-ordination of the requirement discussions between sites and experiments and to facilitate the technical exchange between database service providers at online, tier 0 and tier 1 sites.
  • National Grid Initiative for Germany (NGI)
    NGI-DE is the National Grid Initiative for Germany and part of the European Grid Initiative (EGI). The goal of NGI-DE is to make available a reliable and secure e-infrastructure for Germany. It will provide a grid and cloud infrastructure in production quality for academic communities. In research NGI-DE has a focus on grids and clouds for academic and industrial use. Consortium manager of the related joint research unit is SCC.
  • European Grid Infrastructure (EGI) is a not-for-profit foundation established under Dutch law to coordinate and manage the European Grid Infrastructure (EGI) federation on behalf of its participants: National Grid Initiatives (NGIs) and European International Research Organisations (EIROs.) To assist the establishment of, the EGI-InSPIRE project (Integrated Sustainable Pan-European Infrastructure for Researchers in Europe) started on 1 May 2010, co-funded by the European Commission for four years, as a collaborative effort involving more than 50 institutions in over 40 countries. 

  • Global Grid User Support
    SCC provides a sustainable infrastructure for grid user support to different projects. Since 2003 EGEE/EGI relies on the Global Grid User Support, also WLCG, D-Grid and NGI-DE are using the support portals developed at SCC. An additional product offered by the GGUS team is the xGUS helpdesk template for resource infrastructure providers and user communities.
    Global Grid User Support (GGUS)
    NGI-DE Helpdesk
    xGUS Helpdesk Template

  • Deutsche Grid-Initiative (D-Grid)  
    In a joint initiative with German research and industry, the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) is funding the development of D-Grid (German Grid Initiative). D-Grid is an initiative to build a sustainable grid infrastructure for e-science in Germany. The first D-Grid projects started in September 2005. SCC is involved in several D-Grid projects and is consortium manager of the D-Grid Integration (DGI) project (2005-2010). The D-Grid Integration project has been extended for two years (2011-2012) and in that period has following main foci: it operates the central services of the D-Grid infrastructure requested and needed by the user communities until the end of 2012, it adapts these services to fit the requirements, processes and structures of EGI and prepares the sustainable operation of the infrastructure and the central services after 2012.

  • Baden-Württemberg Grid (bwGRiD)
    As part of the D-Grid Initiative the universities of the German federal state Baden-Württemberg have built a regional Grid infrastructure. SCC is responsible for the bwGRiD storage solution.
  • Gemfony Scientific
    Gemfony Scientific's goal is to host, maintain, and further develop software projects with a scientific origin, and to facilitate the technology transfer into the commercial realm, wherever possible.

    Closed Projects
  • CrossGrid
  • g-Eclipse
  • Integrated Site Security enabling Grids (ISSeG)
  • Interactive European Grid (
  • CampusGrid for High Performance Computing
  • Enabling Grids for E-SciencE (EGEE)  
    EGEE is a world-leading Grid computing project, providing a computing support infrastructure for over 10,000 researchers world-wide, from fields as diverse as high energy physics, earth and life sciences. In 2010, EGEE handed over its duties to EGI.