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What CERN openlab is

CERN openlab is a framework for evaluating and integrating cutting-edge IT technologies or services in partnership with industry, focusing on future versions of the WLCG.
Through close collaboration with leading industrial partners, CERN acquires early access to technology that is still years from general computing market. In return, CERN offers expertise and highly demanding computing environment for pushing new technologies to their limits and provides a neutral ground for carrying out advanced R&D with various partners.


This initiative has been organised into successive three-year phases. In openlab-I (20032005) the focus was on the development of an advanced prototype called opencluster, and openlab-II (20062008) addressed a range of domains from platforms, databases and interoperability to security and networking. The third phase openlab-III (20092011) was not only capitalizing on and extending the successful work carried out in openlab-II, but was also tackling new crucial areas. CERN openlab fourth phase (2012-2014) has now just started.

Positioning CERN openlab activities at CERN

Annual Report

(4.2 MB)

CERN openlab-III

The framework of the third phase of openlab is similar to the previous ones, with the aim of hosting a few major projects with a particular focus on technologies and services relevant to CERN as the WLCG Tier-0 as well as other nodes in the Grid. The technical activities are organised in different domains of competence:

08-09 May 2012

CERN openlab Board of Sponsors Meeting (60-6-015 Georges Charpak room)

12 June 2012

CERN openlab Technical Minor Review Meeting (513-R-070)

27 September 2012

CERN openlab Major Review Meeting (513-1-024)

Related Links

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Intel Corporation



To CERN projects

CERN IT Department
Worldwide LHC Computing Grid (WLCG)
WLCG technical website
EGEE project



openlab Annual Reports

Annual report #10
(PDF, 4.2MB)

Annual report #09
(PDF, 2.2MB)

Annual report #08

(PDF, 4MB)

Annual report #07

(PDF, 4MB)

Annual report #06
(PDF, 2.9MB)

Summary Report 2003-2005 (PDF, 2.5MB)

Annual report #04
2 MB)

Annual report #03
1.2 MB)

Annual report #02
5.3 MB)

Annual report #01
4 MB)


Information for CERN openlab visitors


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