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Scientific Data and Computing Center

The Scientific Data and Computer Center (SDCC) at Brookhaven Lab began in 1997 when the Relativistic Heavy Ion Collider (RHIC, pronounced “Rick”) and ATLAS Computing Facility was established. Then called RACF, the full-service scientific computing facility has since supported some of the most notable physics experiments, including Broad RAnge Hadron Magnetic Spectrometers (BRAHMS), Pioneering High Energy Nuclear Interaction eXperiment (PHENIX), PHOBOS Collaboration, and Solenoidal Tracker at RHIC (STAR), by providing dedicated data processing, storage, and analysis resources for these diverse, expansive experiments with general computing capabilities and support for users.

Today, this history of providing useful, resilient, and large-scale computational science, data management, and analysis infrastructure has grown, and the SDCC has evolved to support additional facilities and experiments. These include the National Synchrotron Light Source II (NSLS-II) and Center for Functional Nanomaterials (CFN) at Brookhaven Lab, as well as other DOE Office of Science User Facilities; the ATLAS experiment at CERN’s Large Hadron Collider in Europe; and Belle-II at KEK in Japan and DESY in Germany. SDCC also is planning for its role in future experiments with the sPHENIX, Deep Underground Neutrino Experiment, and Electron-Ion Collider.

For users, SDCC offers a single-point facility with high-throughput, high-performance, and data-intensive computing along with data management, storage, analysis, and preservation capabilities that support scientific programs in domains spanning physics, biology, climate, and energy. SDCC also serves as the core for Brookhaven Lab’s institutional computing needs, connecting scientists and researchers at home and abroad.

For more about user resources, experiments, and other services, see the SDCC website.