GridPP working with others and industry

GridPP is developing a UK computing Grid for particle physics, but many of the people and institutions involved in GridPP work with industry and in related projects.

If you'd like to know more about how your company can benefit from access to GridPP and its team of data scientists and technical experts, we've produced a "Collaborator's Guide to GridPP" which can be accessed by clicking on the image to the right (PDF format).

You can also find out more about GridPP's involvement with:

Projects with commercial partners

  • Econophysica
    Econophysica is a small company working with researchers at Queen Mary, University of London looking at mathematical models for commodity trading. The work with GridPP received over £40,000 from the STFC Mini PIPPS scheme to look in to the feasibility of their algorithmic trading platform being deployed on the Grid.
  • IMENSE(formerly Cambridge Ontology)
    Formed in 2004 by researchers at Cambridge University, Cambridge Ontology developed a text driven content based image retrieval technology. The technology can automatically categorise all elements of an image without human tagging or other metadata. In 2006 the company changed its name to Imense Ltd and with assistance from the STFC Mini PIPPS scheme the company were able to run on the GridPP Grid as a test of the software. In late 2007 they received £500,000 from venture capitalists and are currently working with 32 affiliates to provide a search facility across their picture archives.
  • TouchType
  • Dell
    Oxford and Dell-UK worked with Dell more closely in leading Grid applications and to help build up the Dell-UK research programme. A CASE student spent the summer of 2004 in the company's High Performance Computing development teams in Texas, where she is learning the commercial environment while she shows them the ins and outs of research computing.
  • HP Labs
    The SouthGrid consortium had a joint development project in collaboration with HP Labs, Bristol. HP is a major player in Grid development and standardisation, and the first industrial partner in the CERN LCG project. A researcher at the University of Bristol, was funded jointly by HP and GridPP, worked to attach SouthGrid hardware resources, including those of HP Labs, to the UK particle physics Grid. SouthGrid will demonstrate the capabilities of its distributed computing system by directly contributing to particle physics experimental data challenges. HP is also a leading vendor of 64-bit computing platforms, and will provide valuable assistance to GridPP and LCG in the porting of both physics applications and Grid middleware in order to take full advantage of increasingly cost-effective 64-bit processors. It is hoped that this project will form the basis of a wider future collaboration between HP Labs and GridPP, bringing benefits to both partners.

Academic Projects

  • eScience Centres
    GridPP is part of the UK e-science programme, which was announced in November 2000 and is very involved in the community. As such members of the collaboration hold positions in their local and national eScience centres.
  • The International Grid Community
    • Open Grid Forum
      The Open Grid Forum (OGF) is a community-initiated forum of thousands of individuals from industry and research developing global standards for grid computing. A number of GridPP members play key roles in the OGF.
    • European Grid Infrastructure (EGI)
      EGI is the organisation that coordinates the European Grid Infrastructure, based on the federation of individual National Grid Intiatives (NGI), to support a multi-disciplinary user community.
    • Worldwide Large Hadron Collider Computing Grid project (wLCG)
      The Worldwide LHC Computing Grid is developing the worldwide computational Grid to deal with the computing demands of the LHC. GridPP is the UK's contribution to the wLCG.
  • CERN@school
    CERN@school gives secondary schools across the country the opportunity to become engaged in university-level physics research. It also provides the chance to have a real piece of CERN technology, as used in the Large Hadron Collider, in school laboratories. CERN@school is working with GridPP to give students access to computing resources for data analysis, simulation work, and introductory coding projects.
    The Pegasus project (Particle Physics Engagment with the Grid, A Socio-technical Usability Study) was a group of researchers looking at how GridPP is building and using Grid technologies. It began in May 2006 as a part of a 3 year EPSRC grant which finished up in Mar 2009. The group's advisory panel included Tony Doyle and Steve Lloyd of GridPP. This work resulted in a final report as well as published papers and a PhD dissertation for one of the researchers.
  • Physical Science Information Practices
    A project from the London School of Economics funded by Funded by Research Information Network. it seeks to explore the information processing behaviour of physical science research communities when confronted with complex problem solving tasks. You can read their final report here

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