On April 2nd and 3rd, the CERN openlab Board of Sponsors
took place at CERN.
In the afternoon of the first day,
Wolfgang von Rüden, Head of CERN openlab, welcomed the
assembly and handed over to
Rolf Heuer, Director General of CERN, who opened the
meeting. Rolf Heuer emphasised the importance of collaborating
with industry and building closer connection with other
key institutes as well as the European Commission. Each company
presented briefly the key achievements obtained
during openlab-II and their expectations for openlab-III.
François Flückiger, CERN openlab Manager, gave an overview
of the overall openlab status, followed by
Sverre Jarp, CERN openlab CTO, who summarised the technical
achievements of the third and last year of CERN openlab-II.
Thomas Hahn from Siemens, the latest company who joined CERN
their automation business activities. He stressed the common
interest for Siemens and CERN to share knowledge and experience
on the automation and controls topics. Then, the other openlab
partners highlighted the key results of the projects they
sponsor. Dan Ford, representing HP, presented the
HP ProCurve CERN Investigation of Network Behavior Anomaly
Detection (CINBAD) project as well as the results of the HP Labs
projects and the EDS GridMap and Messaging System for the Grid
(MSG) projects. Stephan Gillich, from Intel, spoke about the Intel
High Performance Computing activities and highlighted the
excellent overlap of Intel technology interest and CERN's
requirements. Monica Marinucci, from Oracle, presented the Oracle
Maximum Availability Architecture and the significant results
obtained on Oracle Exadata and virtualisation.
Andrzej Nowak and
Eva Dafonte-Perez were also invited share their
experience of being a young researcher within the CERN openlab
framework. Their feedback and the creativity they showed when
presenting their point of view were much appreciated.
Mélissa Le Jeune, CERN openlab Communications Officer, gave
an overview of the CERN events held in 2008 and presented the
achievements in the communications area as well as future plans.
The second day of the Board of Sponsors is traditionally an
opportunity for widening the interest of the audience beyond the
strict openlab and shows the diversity of science at CERN. Three
presentations were given prior to the general wrap-up.
Ian Bird, summarised the key milestones of the
Worldwide LHC Computing Grid (WLCG) project and introduced its future operation in the light of the
European Grid Initiative (EGI)
Sergio Cittolin shared the key lessons
learned from building the LHC Data Acquisition (DAQ) systems.
Last but not least,
Daniel Froidevaux gave a broad panorama of the underlying
principles of experimental science in general and High Energy
Physics in particular, positioning the ATLAS and CMS experiments
in this landscape.
Mélissa Le Jeune, CERN openlab