Intel and CERN Extend openlab Collaboration Through 2014

Upcoming areas of research will include cloud computing, Exascale computing and datacenter efficiency.

GENEVA, Switzerland, Oct. 25, 2011 – Today, Intel Corporation and CERN, the European Organization for Nuclear Research, have extended their agreement to collaborate on the CERN openlab project through 2014. Intel has been a major contributor to the CERN openlab since its conception in 2003 and working with CERN even before. The company participated in joint research but also provided access to cutting edge hardware and software technology. Upcoming areas of research in the CERN openlab IV agreement will include cloud computing and its security aspects, Exascale computing and datacenter efficiency. “The CERN team is conducting impressive research,” said Christian Morales, Intel Vice President and General Manager, Intel Europe, Middle East and Africa. “We are very honored to being continuously challenged by CERN to improve performance, energy efficiency and security solutions in our leading edge products and technologies.”

The next three years of the Intel collaboration with the CERN openlab will set a spotlight on cloud computing. Key findings to build more powerful and flexible Intel architecture based cloud computers are expected to emerge from the LHC grid. In the field of Exascale computing Intel and the CERN openlab will explore technologies needed to advance power efficiency, networking and data distribution. The Intel’s Exascale R&D centers in Jülich, Leuven and Paris which are part of Intel’s European R&D network called Intel Labs Europe, will seek close collaboration with the CERN openlab to jointly reach Exascale performance by the next ten years.

Bob Jones, head of CERN openlab, adds: “CERN openlab is a public-private partnership for multilateral, multi-year projects between CERN and the IT industry. We are very happy that Intel confirms its contribution to the CERN openlab for another three years.”

In addition to the openlab engagement Intel and CERN work together on a joint education program since 2008. The Intel International Science and Engineering Fair (ISEF) offers selected student winners to visit the CERN lab in Geneva for one week to tour the facility and listen to presentations from various prominent scientists.

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About CERN CERN, the European Organization for Nuclear Research, is the world's leading laboratory for particle physics. It has its headquarters in Geneva. At present, its Member States are Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, the Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Italy, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland and the United Kingdom. India, Israel, Japan, the Russian Federation, the United States of America, Turkey, the European Commission and UNESCO have Observer status. Additional information about CERN is available at www.cern.ch

About CERN openlab CERN openlab is a framework to test and validate cutting-edge information technologies and services in partnership with industry. Additional information about CERN openlab is available at www.cern.ch/openlab