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Europe’s Leading Public-Private Partnership for Cloud

The Helix Nebula Initiative is a partnership between industry, space and science to establish a dynamic ecosystem, benefiting from open cloud services for the seamless integration of science into a business environment. Today, the partnership counts over 40 public and private partners.


CERN is the world’s largest particle physics lab and home of the Large Hadron Collider (LHC), the world’s most powerful accelerator providing research facilities for HEP researchers across the globe. LHC experiments will run up to 1 million computing tasks per day and generate around 15 petabytes of data per year over a 10‐15 year period. CERN leads the World‐wide LHC Computing Grid project (WLCG), to provide computing resource to store, distribute, analyse and access (in near real‐time) LHC data for a community of more than 10,000 physicists worldwide.In the Helix Nebula - the Science Cloud project, CERN sponsored the ATLAS flagship use case and served as coordinator.

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Helix Nebula is a new, pioneering partnership between leading IT providers and four of Europe’s biggest research centres, CERN, EMBL, ESA and PIC, charting a course towards sustainable cloud services for the research communities - the Science Cloud.