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Dr tommaso boccali

Professional Title: Researcher

Primary domain: HEP

Organization name: INFN

Organization type: Academia/Research

City / Country: Pisa - Italy


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I joined the ALEPH Experiment (CERN) as an undergraduate student in 1996. In the same experiment I performed an analysis on the Gluon Splitting to BBar, which was subject of my thesis (1997, University of Florence). On Jan 1st 1998 I started at Scuola Normale Superiore a PhD on Experimental Physics, and I spent most of the time till 2000 at CERN, Geneva, Switzerland. During my PhD I performed studies on the LEP1 data collected at the Z0 peak, including studies on muon chamber efficiencies and searches for light sbottom particles. I defended my PhD thesis on the b quark fragmentation function on October 2001. During the PhD years I started also to work on the computing of the ALEPH experiment. In particular, I built one of the first Computing Farms based on Linux used in Italy for Scientific Computing (1999), and I became Italian Responsible for MC Production in ALEPH. After the PhD, I spent one year at CERN payed by the Experiment CMS, working on the Simulation of the CMS Tracker. In 2002, I went back to Scuola Normale as Contract Researcher. During this period, 2002 to 2005, I worked before as Responsible for CMS Tracker Simulation, and later as Responsible for the Simulation of the entire CMS Detector. In the same period, I became Coordinator aof the GRID Data Center at INFN Pisa, which I planned and built from scratch. In 2004, we proposed ourselvesf to CMS as a Tier2 for the Experiment, and we were accepted. In 2005 I became INFN Contract Researcher, and became Leader of the CMS Reconstruction Project; at the same time I kept on being both CMS T2 Pisa coordinator and GRID Coordinator in Pisa, increasing the site size to roughly an hundred Worker Nodes and close to a TeraByte of storage. In 2008 I became Permanent INFN Researcher, and left CMS Reconstruction Project to lead the CMS Btag Physics Group. At the same time, with a Collaboration with AMD, INFN Pisa Computing Center became the biggest scientific computing center in Italy, with more than 1500 Worker Nodes. Also storage size started to increase, reaching 10 TB of disk space. In the period Jan10-Dec11 I have been Offline Project Manager for CMS, where I coordinated all the software tasks, and the development about the GRIDs and Distribute Computing protocols. The CMS T2 in Pisa is now more than 5000 Worker Nodes, and exceeds 1.500 TB of disk space; both should eventually increase in 2012. As Offline Coordinator, I led the development of CMS software and, together with the Computing Project coordinator, I was responsible for the deployment and the adaptation of our programs to the GRID infrastructure (both OSG and LCG). In particular, my interests are now towards the modification of the CMS Computing Model to a globally interconnected Computing, where Storage and CPU capacities are dispersed. I am part of the CMS Executive Board, and there I work on the design of the new Computing Model for years 2012 onwards. As Tier2 Pisa Coordinator, I followed closely all the Computing tests CMS has setup to ensure a proper system at the start of data taking: Service Challenges SC3 and SC4, WLCG Common Computing Readiness Challenge CCRC08, Computing Software and Analysis Challenges CSA06, CSA07, CSA08, CSA09 and finally the Scale Test for the Experiment Program STEP09. Since Jan12 I am Italian Computing Resource Coordinator for CMS; as such, I am part of the Tier1 Management Board, and I sit in the INFNGrid Executive Board.





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