Posted on
12 | 09 | 2023

COMTRADE 360 AND CERN OPENLAB: the transformative power of uniting industry and science

The unprecedented growth in data generated by scientific experiments, especially those conducted by CERN’s Large Hadron Collider (LHC) – the most intricate piece of machinery ever crafted by humans – has posed unique storage and access challenges. Recognizing this, Comtrade 360, in collaboration with CERN openlab, embarked on a mission to enhance and revolutionize the way this crucial scientific data is managed.

Since starting their partnership in 2015, both Comtrade 360 and CERN openlab honed EOS, CERN’s storage software, to cater to the unique needs of the LHC community. A recent advancement is the extension of EOS to allow Windows users to mount the EOS cluster on their Windows hosts. This development represents a significant leap in data accessibility. By providing this capability for one of the world’s most widely used operating systems, a wider user community can seamlessly access and benefit from CERN’s monumental scientific datasets, contributing to greater understanding and new discoveries within particle physics.

Comtrade’s contribution has solidified its role as a vital tech ally for EOS’s open-source community. Moving ahead, Comtrade envisions refining EOS further, with plans to expand its features and improve the overall user experience.

Reflecting on the progression of this partnership from 2015 to the present, it’s evident that both Comtrade and CERN have been deeply committed to innovation and excellence. A recent visit by the Comtrade team to CERN’s facilities, the birthplace of EOS, served as a reminder of this collaboration’s significance. Engaging with CERN experts, the team delved into the importance of integrating top-tier industry solutions with frontier scientific endeavors.

In conclusion, the collaboration between Comtrade 360 and CERN openlab exemplifies the transformative power of uniting industry and science. As the landscape of experimental data continues its rapid expansion, this partnership stands ready to develop solutions that are not only reactive but visionary, ensuring a robust framework for the scientific community’s future endeavors.