CERN, located near Geneva, Switzerland, is the European Organization for Nuclear Research, physicists and engineers who are working to determine the fundamental structure of the universe. They do so by studying how particles interact when smashing them together or against stationary things at the speed of light in their Large Hadron Collider (LHC).

Customer Success Story: CERN

In 2017, the MONIT team decided to investigate various time series storage options for their Database on Demond (DBOD) Collectd and WLCG metrics. They wanted the time series database to have automatic aggregation capabilities as well as good Grafana support. They found that InfluxDB was growing as a popular time series database, and decided to pilot it at CERN IT DBOD. The pilot resulted in very positive feedback for InfluxDB as a DBOD service, and it is now used as the backend for the CERN Data Centre. You can read more about the pilot details as well as how they are using InfluxDB for their WLCG monitoring dashboards here.

Adam Wegrzynek from CERN talked at InfluxDays London on June 14, 2018, about how InfluxDB is involved in the CERN critical projects such as monitoring of accelerator systems, experiments and data centers. His talk went into details of the monitoring system upgrade of one of the LHC (Large Hadron Collider) experiments – ALICE. In order to ensure high efficiency of the experiment, 2000 nodes processing data at 3.4 TB/s are constantly monitored which leads to incredible 600 kHz metric rate. These metrics are collected and aggregated by Flume and Spark and eventually stored in InfluxDB, which was selected in an extensive evaluation process.

Learn How CERN Uses InfluxDB

Adam Wegrzynek’s talk at InfluxDays London 2018

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Adam Wegrzynek’s talk at CHEP 2018 Conference, Sofia, Bulgaria

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Luca Magnoni talk at London 2018 Kafka Summit

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