Friday, October 10, 2008

Giving a Talk on Grid Computing and Visiting GSI, Darmstadt, Germany (October 10, 2008)

.Aerial view of GSI in Darmstadt, Germany
Scientists and GSI staff who listened to my presentation on Grid Computing
With Dr. Peter Malzacher of GSI, Darmstadt, Germany
With Dr. Kilian Schwarz, my host at GSI, Darmstadt, Germany
With Dr. Dieter Schardtof GSI, Darmstadt, Germany
Photo Caption: Part of the Ion Beam Radiotherapy Equipment for Cancer Treatment that was developed at GSI, Darmstadt, Germany.

Today (Friday, October 10, 2008) I gave a talk on "Grid Computing and Applications: Philippine Initiatives and Perspective" in Gesellschaft fur Schwerrionenforschung (GSI) in Darmstadt, Germany. (See My host is Dr. Kilian Schwarz. Aside from going a talk, I visited the accelerator facility for heavy ion beams, the computer center (with its large cluster system used for grid computing), and the Laboratory for ion-beam radiotherapy in the fight against cancer. Photos from the collection of Raffy Saldana (

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Notes on GSI:


The goal of the scientific research conducted at the Gesellschaft für Schwerionenforschung, GSI, is to understand the structure and behavior of the world that surrounds us. In addition to broadening our understanding of the world, this knowledge also serves as a basis for technological progress in all areas of our lives.

GSI operates a large, in many aspects worldwide unique accelerator facility for heavy-ion beams. Researchers from around the world use the facility for experiments that help point the way to new and fascinating discoveries in basic research. In addition, the scientists use their findings to continually develop new and impressive applications.

The research program at GSI covers a broad range of activities extending from nuclear and atomic physics to plasma and materials research to biophysics and cancer therapy. Probably the best-known results are the discovery of six new chemical elements and the development of a new type of tumor therapy using ion beams.

What are Ions?
Ions are "charged” atoms, they are formed from neutral atoms by adding electrons to or stripping electrons from the electron shell. Due to their charge, ions can be accelerated and steered by means of electric and magnetic fields.

Facts and Figures
Foundation 1969
Associates Federal Republic of Germany (90%), State of Hessen (10%)
Member Helmholtz Association
Task Construction and operation of accelerator facilities and research of heavy accelerated ions.
Budget 85 Mio Euro per year
Staff 1050 employees, including 300 scientists and engineers
Capital equipment

Linear accelerator UNILAC
Heavy ion synchrotron SIS
Experiment storage ring ESR
Fragment separator FRS
High-energy/high-efficiency laser PHELIX (being constructed)
Several large systems of spectrometers and detectors
Medical irradiation unit for cancer therapy

Scientific Cooperation Users of the GSI facilities are predominantly non-resident scientists, mainly from German Universities (totalling over 1,000 scientists per year).

World-wide cooperation with approximately 400 institutes from over 50 countries.

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