Data preservation at the Fermilab Tevatron

S. Amerio, S. Behari, J. Boyd, M. Brochmann, R. Culbertson, M. Diesburg, J. Freeman, L. Garren, H. Greenlee, K. Herner, R. Illingworth, B. Jayatilaka, A. Jonckheere, Q. Li, S. Naymola, G. Oleynik, W. Sakumoto, E. Varnes, C. Vellidis, G. WattsS. White

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The Fermilab Tevatron collider's data-taking run ended in September 2011, yielding a dataset with rich scientific potential. The CDF and D0 experiments each have approximately 9 PB of collider and simulated data stored on tape. A large computing infrastructure consisting of tape storage, disk cache, and distributed grid computing for physics analysis with the Tevatron data is present at Fermilab. The Fermilab Run II data preservation project intends to keep this analysis capability sustained through the year 2020 and beyond. To achieve this goal, we have implemented a system that utilizes virtualization, automated validation, and migration to new standards in both software and data storage technology and leverages resources available from currently-running experiments at Fermilab. These efforts have also provided useful lessons in ensuring long-term data access for numerous experiments, and enable high-quality scientific output for years to come.


  • Collider physics
  • Computational frameworks
  • Data analysis
  • Data preservation
  • Datastorage
  • Detector simulation

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Nuclear and High Energy Physics
  • Instrumentation


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