Intel® Xeon® Processor 5600 Series Helps INFN Put Italy on the Cutting Edge of Scientific Computing

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The Italian National Institute for Nuclear Physics (INFN) operates an organization in Bologna known as CNAF–the National Center for Research and Development in Information and Data-Transmission Technologies. CNAF is responsible for managing and developing the most important information and data transmission services to support INFN’s high-energy physics research at a national level. Its research activities are divided into five scientific categories: accelerator physics, astroparticle physics, nuclear physics, theoretical physics, and technological development.

INFN CNAF has implemented a new on-demand grid/cloud framework for scientific computing based on open, standard technologies and powered by the Intel® Xeon® processor 5600 series. This is one of the world’s first proven, OS-based implementations to achieve excellent scalability and flexibility in providing shared access to resources and integration between grids and clouds–without the need to partition resource pools.

“Our data centers support thousands of users and tens of diverse communities,” explained Davide Salomoni, computing research director for INFN CNAF. “Through efficient use of virtualization technologies, we have been able to expand our offerings and to integrate grid and cloud services.”

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