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Strengthening the computing foundation at Fermilab

From Fermilab Today, November 26, 2014

Panagiotis Spentzouris

Panagiotis Spentzouris, head of the Scientific Computing Division

Scientific computing, through the process of numerical modeling and simulation, complements theory and experiment as a way to obtain scientific knowledge. But computing is more than the third leg of the discovery stool. Scientific computing also supports and enables the other two through data collection, reconstruction and analytics. It has always being an essential part of the Fermilab physics program.

Every time I see a picture of an event from the Large Hadron Collider's CMS experiment or, in more recent times, a NOvA event, I think of our Scientific Computing Division's contributions. NOvA hit the ground running, collecting data with an SCD-designed and -commissioned data acquisition system, processing data with SCD-developed software, and running on computing resources supported by SCD workflow management services and operations. SCD also develops and supports tools and applications for detector and accelerator simulation and physics generation.

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