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CERN is the European Organisation for Nuclear Research. Founded in 1954, the laboratory was one of Europe's first joint ventures and includes now 20 Member States. CERN is constructing a new particle accelerator, the Large Hadron Collider (LHC),which will provide research facilities for several thousand High Energy Physics (HEP) researchers and where four experiments will collect data for more than 10 years. The computing capacity required for analysing such data will entail to use in an integrated way computing facilities installed at several HEP sites distributed across Europe, North America and Asia.
The INFN, Italian National Institute for Nuclear Research, is a governmental research organization, which promotes, co-ordinates and funds nuclear and high-energy physics research in collaboration with the most important national and international Laboratories (CERN, DESY, Grenoble, GranSasso, Frascati, Fermilab, SLAC). INFN is one of the founding members of GARR, the Italian academic and research network. In October 1999 INFN started a pilot project to investigate a possible utilization of GLOBUS software for the High Energy Physics applications.
INRIA, Institut National de Recherche en Informatique et en Automatique, aims to network skills and talents from the fields of information and computer science technology from the entire French research system. Since the early 80's INRIA has been very active in the Internet community and many of its teams are working on Distributed Systems and Application , Parallel Computing and High performance networking. The INRIA RESO team has been recognized internationally has a key actor in the field of high performance networking.
PPARC directs and co-ordinates the funding of research in national and international programmes in particle physics, astronomy, cosmology and space science in the United Kingdom. It manages UK involvement in international scientific bodies such as CERN and the European Space Agency [ESA]. PPARC funded staff have experience in large data stores, computer farms (running the Linux Operating System most recently), security, data management and archiving, and distributed computing. PPARC funded staff have extensive experience in Wide Area Network monitoring and novel use of networks.
The Informatics Institute of the Science Faculty of the University of Amsterdam is divided into five research groups:Programming, Intelligent Autonomous Systems, Intelligent Sensory Information Systems, Section Computational Science and Computer Architecture and Parallel Systems. The institute collaborates with the NIKHEF, AMS-IX and SARA institutes and its location (WTCW) is the major Internet Exchange location in the Netherlands. All important SURFnet and European research network backbones come here together.


U.S. Partners:


California Institute of Technology (lead partner in the U.S.)
Pasadena, CA
Chicago, IL
Argonne National Laboratory
Argonne, IL
Northwestern University
Evanston, IL
University of Illinois at Chicago
Chicago, IL
University of Michigan
Ann Arbor, MI


Collaborating Networks:


Internet2 and Abilene
The Netherlands


Collaborating Institutes:


Stanford Linear Accelerator Center
Menlo Park, CA
Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory
Batavia, IL
Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory
Berkeley, CA