The Facility for Antiproton and Ion Research (FAIR) is a new large-scale accelerator facility in Europe which uses antiprotons and ions for research in nuclear, hadron and particle physics, atomic and anti-matter physics, high density plasma physics, and application in condensed matter physics, biology and the bio-medical sciences. FAIR will provide scientists from all over the world with the opportunity to gain new insights into the structure of matter and the evolution of the universe. Indeed, FAIR will enable scientists to recreate extreme conditions such as very high temperatures, pressures, and densities that happen in giant planets, starts and stellar explosions right in their laboratory.
These remarkable, science-driven activities require a distributed computing and storage infrastructure, which can deal with both increasingly complex and huge data volumes that naturally arise. The creation of such an infrastrucutre will greatly benefit from the cooperation and the mutual scientific exchange among the institutions involved in ESCAPE, which share the common challenge of dealing with huge amounts of data in federated environments.
ESCAPE brings together numerous ESFRIs and institutes which will profit from distributed storage and analysis infrastructures for complex experiments.
ESCAPE services support FAIR in various ways. The ESCAPE Data Infrastructure for Open Science (DIOS) delivers a distributed storage infrastructure, while the ESCAPE Science Analysis Platform (SAP) provides a user-friendly interface for distributed data analysis. The ESCAPE Open-source scientific Software and Service Repository (OSSR) will make FAIR high-throughput data processing tools and frameworks available. The OSSR offers huge potential for all experiments, and particularly those with limited manpower for software development given that it hosts astro, particle and nuclear physics related scientific software and services for data processing and analysis.
In the future, ESCAPE Citizen Science (CS) will provide the FAIR experiments with a proper platform in order to divulge their results and to profit from crowd-based analysis of their data by the science-inclined members of the public. Finally, the ESCAPE Virtual Observatory (VO) integrates distributed infrastructures into one virtual entity and may inspire future innovative developments in hadron, nuclear and particle physics at FAIR.
Overall, in addition to the in-house technology, ESCAPE has a consolidated network of ESFRIs and related institutions that will support FAIR in its data management challenges, produced in extreme laboratory conditions which will support the advances in the antiproton and ion fields.