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European DataGrid

The European DataGrid project, funded by the European Union, aims to set up a computational and data-intensive grid of resources for the analysis of data coming from scientific exploration. Next-generation science will require coordinated resource sharing, collaborative processing and analysis of huge amounts of data produced and stored by many scientific laboratories in several institutions.

The project will devise and develop scalable software solutions and testbeds in order to handle many PetaBytes of distributed data, tens of thousand of computing resources (processors, disks, etc.), and thousands of simultaneous users from multiple research institutions. The project spans three years, from 2001 to 2003, with over 200 scientists and researchers involved. The first and main challenge facing the project is the sharing of huge amounts of distributed data over the current network infrastructure. The DataGrid project will rely upon emerging computational Grid technologies that are expected to make a giant computational environment out of a distributed collection of files, databases, computers, scientific instruments and devices.


Fabrizio Gagliardi


Lead: CERN, European Organization for Nuclear Research, five main and fifteen associated partners
European research agencies: European Space Agency (ESA); Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique (CNRS), France; Istituto Nazionale di Fisica Nucleare (INFN), Italy; National Institute for Nuclear Physics and High Energy Physics (NIKHEF), Holland; Particle Physics and Astronomy Research Council (PPARC), UK
Associated partners: Czech Republic, Finland, France, Germany, Hungary, Italy, The Netherlands, Spain, Sweden and the United Kingdom

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