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O2: A novel combined online and offline computing system for the ALICE Experiment after 2018

(ALICE Collaboration) Ananya, A.; Planinić, Mirko; Poljak, Nikola; Zyzak, M. (2014) O2: A novel combined online and offline computing system for the ALICE Experiment after 2018. Journal of Physics: Conference Series, 513 . 12037/1-12037/8. ISSN 1742-6588

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ALICE (A Large Ion Collider Experiment) is a detector dedicated to the studies with heavy ion collisions exploring the physics of strongly interacting nuclear matter and the quark-gluon plasma at the CERN LHC (Large Hadron Collider). After the second long shutdown of the LHC, the ALICE Experiment will be upgraded to make high precision measurements of rare probes at low pT, which cannot be selected with a trigger, and therefore require a very large sample of events recorded on tape. The online computing system will be completely redesigned to address the major challenge of sampling the full 50 kHz Pb-Pb interaction rate increasing the present limit by a factor of 100. This upgrade will also include the continuous un-triggered read-out of two detectors: ITS (Inner Tracking System) and TPC (Time Projection Chamber)) producing a sustained throughput of 1 TB/s. This unprecedented data rate will be reduced by adopting an entirely new strategy where calibration and reconstruction are performed online, and only the reconstruction results are stored while the raw data are discarded. This system, already demonstrated in production on the TPC data since 2011, will be optimized for the online usage of reconstruction algorithms. This implies much tighter coupling between online and offline computing systems. An R&D program has been set up to meet this huge challenge. The object of this paper is to present this program and its first results.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: Rad je prezentiran na skupu 20th International Conference on Computing in High Energy and Nuclear Physics (CHEP2013), održanom od 14.–1.10.2013.g., Amsterdam, Nizozemska.
Uncontrolled Keywords: computing; ALICE
Subjects: NATURAL SCIENCES > Physics
Divisions: Division of Experimental Physics
Depositing User: Marina Mayer
Date Deposited: 26 Aug 2016 13:57
DOI: 10.1088/1742-6596/513/1/012037

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