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The High Energy Physics (HEP) Research Computing Group at the University of Victoria is actively engaged in a variety of projects for the analysis of data from particle physics experiments as well as providing advice to researchers in other fields. Computing Grid Our areas of expertise include high-speed networks, management of large scale data storage, virtualization, grid and cloud computing. Our current activities include:

HEPnet/Canada

HEPnet/Canada provides support for wide area networking in High Energy and Nuclear physics research across Canada. HEPnet/Canada and CANARIE have established a network for ATLAS computing facilities in Canada. HEPnet/Canada and our collaborators are exploring the next generation of high-speed network technology. At the recent SuperComputing conferences, we set new world-records for wide-area data transfer and tested the use of Software Defined Network between North America and Europe (see SC Demo ). Recently, we tested the new 100G transatlantic link between Canada and CERN.

Cloud Computing

Our group has been active in studies of virtualization and cloud computing for HEP. We have studied the use of these technologies for HEP applications. Currently we operate a distributed compute cloud (grid of clouds) for the ATLAS and the BelleII experiments using resources in Canada, United States, Europe and Australia that has been in successful operation for a number of years. We also provide support for the Canadian Advanced Network for Astronomical Research (CANFAR) Project which uses virtualization and clouds for astronomical analysis.

ATLAS and BelleII Experiments

The particle physics group at UVIC are involved in the ATLAS experiment at the LHC collider facility at CERN in Geneva, and the BelleII experiment at the KEK National Laboratory in Japan. We host computing facilities, used by the two international collaborations, that are situated in the University of Victoria's Research Computing Facility. Both experiments use the facility to generate simulated data and to analyze the data collected from the detectors.

Job Opportunity for a HEP Computing Specialist

The High Energy Physics (HEP) Computing Group at the University of Victoria is searching for a candidate with experience in HEP physics software to work on the development of a distributed cloud computing system. The group uses commercial and academic cloud computing systems around the world to meet the computing requirements of the Belle-II and ATLAS experiments.  The candidate typically has an MSc or PhD in HEP with a strong background in computing systems and application software. Knowledge of Linux systems and scripting is essential. The position is well suited for a new graduate who is looking for practical experience prior to transitioning to a career in industry or HEP computing.  We are searching for candidates who can help our group develop, deploy and maintain novel systems in the areas of cloud computing, distributed data storage systems, or high-speed networks.  The appointment will be for a minimum of six months with the duration of the appointment dependent on funding. There is no application deadline; the review of applicants will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled.   Depending on funding, multiple positions may be available.   For more information see our web site (http://heprc.phys.uvic.ca) or contact Randall Sobie (rsobie@uvic.ca).

For more information on any of our projects, contact Randall Sobie (rsobie@uvic.ca), Institute of Particle Physics Research Scientist and Adjunct Professor at the University of Victoria.