Project Application Details

ARCHIE Project title: 100 TB
Project PI: 107 Rottenrow John Anderson Building
Department: 2012
Address: 107 Rottenrow, John Anderson Building, user supplied code, G4 0NG
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Existing relevant KTP activities:
Does the PI require to run calculations? 10
Number of users involved in the project: 10 years
Service level requested:
ARCHIE Project description: 100 TB
Potential output of the project:

The benefits of the research will be wide ranging, from pure academic research to advancing the field and exploring new
regimes arising from moving into new parameter domains. In addition to new opportunities in basic research, there are
numerous new applications, some of which could have a very high impact, e.g. radiotherapy, nuclear fusion, imaging of
dense matter, medical radio-isotope production. Basic research will feed into applications and deliver benefits to industry
and ultimately the UK economy. Indirectly, trained scientists may find their way into industry.
The Project will have impact at many levels and over different timescales. Some of the impact will arise directly from the
outcome of the applied research. The opportunity of PDRAs to undertake challenging experimental and theoretical projects
using state-of-the-art facilities will enable them to develop relationships with end-users in academia, industry and health.
Some will go on to become leaders in R&D and start-up companies, which will generate wealth for the UK. The immediate
beneficiaries will be universities, industry, health services and government laboratories.
A longer term, but very significant impact, is associated with the output of the research. Particle accelerators are widely
used tools for scientists, industrialists and the medical profession. Therefore, the development of novel accelerators and
radiation sources can be the basis for future wealth creation, on one hand by opening up a new realm of applications with
direct impact on society, on the other hand by allowing enhanced and cost-effective operation in current applications.
One of the objectives of the project is to apply the technology – there will be a clear focus on medical applications. In this
area, the potential for impact on society and quality of life cannot be underestimated. There is a large demand for improved
cancer therapy in the UK, and particle therapy is currently seen as a possible route for improving treatment of certain types of cancer and the quality of life of patients, particularly young children.
Impact and relevance will take place at several levels and on different timescales.
The impact of the research will be wide ranging, from pure academic research to advancing the field and exploring new
regimes arising from moving into new parameter domains. In addition to new opportunities in basic research, there are
numerous new applications, some of which could have a very high impact e.g. radiotherapy, nuclear fusion, imaging of
dense matter, medical radio-isotope production. Basic research will feed into applications and deliver benefits to industry
and ultimately the UK economy. Indirectly, trained scientists may find their way into industry. By setting a high standard for
the research, and publishing in high impact journals, the group will become more competitive in a rapidly growing area of
research, which has many potential applications. Multi-disciplinary approach will develop a flexibility to tackle challenging
problems and be attractive to international projects, thus allowing the team to engage with and lead international projects.
The most important dissemination paths enhancing the profile of the research in the academic community will be through
publishing the outcomes of the research in high impact journals and presenting the work at national and international
conferences.
The output of the research will have longer term but significant impact. As one of the objectives is on applications of the
technology, in particular in the health sector, we expect the project to have more immediate impact in radiotherapy and
imaging, which has a high impact on society and quality of life.
There is a demand for improving cancer therapy in the UK. Particle therapy is currently seen as a possible route to
improving treatment of certain types of cancer, particularly in young children. Compact accelerators and radiation sources
could have impact on diagnosis of illnesses, e.g. by enabling on-site production of PET radioisotopes and other tracers.
Recent reports have identified an impending acute shortage of medical radioisotopes because of the imminent
decommissioning of reactors. Compact radiation sources could have an impact on detection of explosives and therefore on
global insecurity. Imaging of stored nuclear waste could also have an impact on the lagacy of nuclear power generation.
Academia and industry are likely to gain from the development of more compact coherent radiation sources. Furthermore,
ultrashort gamma ray pulses should allow real time investigation of materials subject to stimuli. A compact coherent X-ray
source based on laser plasma wakefield accelerators would have a major impact on the pharmaceuticals industry and
health care because reduced cost would make them more widely available.
Employers will benefit from skilled workforce trained in a multidisciplinary environment. The immediate beneficiaries will be
academic institutes, industry, NHS and government laboratories, but it is anticipated that the broad skills gained could be
transferred to a diverse range of career pathways.

Project start date: 2012
Duration of the project: 10 years
Total CPU time required (in hours): 1200000 hours per year (5000 wallclock hours 25/75%@128/576 CPU)
CPU hours required by typical job: 10
Approximate amount of data created per job (in GB):
Approximate amount of data created per project: 100 TB
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Software required for the project: user supplied code
Software required to be installed for the project: MPI, HDF5, PYTHON, OSIRIS
Experience in using software package 1:
Software required to be installed for the project:
Experience in using software package 2: 10
Software required to be installed for the project:
Experience in using software package 3: 1
Training required:
Other training required:
Experience in using HPC: 10