CERN openlab

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CERN openlab fellows and staff at the computer centre

CERN openlab is a collaboration between CERN and industrial partners to develop new knowledge in Information and Communication Technologies through the evaluation of advanced solutions[buzzword] and joint research to be used by the worldwide community of scientists working at the Large Hadron Collider.[1][2]

Intel, Oracle, and Siemens are all partner companies for the fifth phase of CERN openlab. Brocade, Cisco, IDT, Rackspace, and Seagate are contributors, while Comtrade, Huawei and Yandex are associate members.[3]

In 2015, other public research organisations joined CERN openlab for the first time. The current research members are the European Bioinformatics Institute (EMBL-EBI), the GSI Helmholtz Centre for Heavy Ion Research, Innopolis University, Kazan Federal University and Newcastle University.[3]


The CERN openlab concept started in 2001 led by Manuel Delfino, and since 2003 it has run in successive phases of three years.[4] During CERN openlab I (2003-2005) an advanced prototype called opencluster was developed.[2] CERN openlab II (2006-2008) focused on various domains such as platforms, databases, grid computing, security and networks.[5] This work was continued by CERN openlab III (2009-2011) which also hosted projects with emphasis on technologies and services relevant to CERN and its partners.[6] Later, CERN openlab IV (2012-2014) paid particular attention to cloud computing, business analytics, the next generation of hardware, and security for large numbers of network devices. [7]

From 2002 to 2010 the head of CERN openlab was Wolfgang von Rüden. His successor was Bob Jones and the current leader of this collaboration, since 2015, is Alberto Di Meglio.[8]

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  1. ^ "CERN openlab for DataGrid Applications: the industrial dimension" (PDF). CERN openlab Annual Report. CERN (1): 11. June 2002. Retrieved 12 July 2016.
  2. ^ a b "The CERN openlab: a novel testbed for the Grid". CERN Courier. IOP Publishing. 43 (8): 31–34. 6 October 2003. Retrieved 12 July 2016.
  3. ^ a b CERN openlab. "Collaboration Members". About CERN openlab. CERN. Archived from the original on 15 June 2016. Retrieved 13 July 2016.
  4. ^ Fluckiger, François (27 April 2012). "The openlab adventure continues to thrive". CERN Courier. IOP Publishing. 52 (4): 37–40. Retrieved 12 July 2016.
  5. ^ "The Status: Building on success" (PDF). CERN openlab Annual Report. CERN. 5: 4. 2007. Retrieved 13 July 2016.
  6. ^ "The Concept: Pushing the limits through innovation" (PDF). CERN openlab Annual Report. CERN (7): 4. 2009. Retrieved 13 July 2016.
  7. ^ "The Results: Database Competence Centre" (PDF). CERN openlab Annual Report. CERN (10): 23. 2013. Retrieved 13 July 2016.
  8. ^ "People". About CERN openlab. CERN. Retrieved 21 June 2018.