Please visit Jefferson Lab Event Policies and Guidance before planning your next event:
May 8 – 12, 2023
Norfolk Waterside Marriott
US/Eastern timezone

Federated Heterogenous Compute and Storage Infrastructure for the PUNCH4NFDI Consortium

May 8, 2023, 11:30 AM
Marriott Ballroom IV (Norfolk Waterside Marriott)

Marriott Ballroom IV

Norfolk Waterside Marriott

235 East Main Street Norfolk, VA 23510
Oral Track 7 - Facilities and Virtualization Track 7 - Facilities and Virtualization


Dr Giffels, Manuel (Karlsruher Institut für Technologie (KIT))


PUNCH4NFDI, funded by the Germany Research Foundation initially for five years, is a diverse consortium of particle, astro-, astroparticle, hadron and nuclear physics embedded in the National Research Data Infrastructure initiative.

In order to provide seamless and federated access to the huge variaty of compute and storage systems provided by the participating communities covering their very diverse needs, the Compute4PUNCH and Storage4PUNCH concepts have been developed. Both concepts comprise state-of-the-art technolgies such as a token-based AAI for standardised access to compute and storage resources. The community supplied heterogenous HPC, HTC and Cloud compute resources are dynamically and transparently integrated into one federated HTCondor based overlay batch system using the COBaLD/TARDIS resource meta-scheduler. Traditional login nodes and a JupyterHub provide entry points into the entire landscape of available compute resources, while container technologies and the CERN Virtual Machine File System (CVMFS) ensure a scalable provisioning of community specific software environments. In Storage4PUNCH, community supplied storage systems mainly based on dCache or XRootD technology are being federated in a common infrastructure employing methods that are well established in the wider HEP community. Furthermore existig technologies for caching as well as metadata handling are being evaluated with the aim for a deeper integration. The combined Compute4PUNCH and Storage4PUNCH environment will allow a large variety of researchers to carry out resource-demanding analysis tasks.

In this contribution we will present the Compute4PUNCH and Storage4PUNCH concepts, the current status of the developments as well as first experiences with scientific applications being executed on the available prototypes.

Consider for long presentation No

Primary authors

Dr Giffels, Manuel (Karlsruher Institut für Technologie (KIT)) Dr Wissing, Christoph (DESY) Dr Hoeft, Matthias (Thüringer Landessternwarte Tautenburg) Prof. Schwarz, Dominik (Universität Bielefeld)

Presentation materials

Peer reviewing