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LHC Scale Physics in 2007: Grids, Networks and Petabytes

Shawn McKee
Randall Laboratory
Telephone (734) 764-4395
Department of Physics
FAX: (734) 936-6529
University of Michigan
Ann Arbor, Michigan 48109-1120


Shawn McKee (Ph.D., UM 1991) is a high-energy astrophysicist at the University of Michigan. During the early 1990's he lead the central tracker simulation group as an SSC Fellow on the GEM experiment. Since the demise of the SSC, he has been active in a wide range of physics collaborations: particle astrophysics (HEAT, ACCESS), neutrino physics(COSMOS), high-energy physics(ATLAS) and observational cosmology (SNAP). On two of these collaborations, ACCESS and COSMOS, he led the simulation groups. Common to all these experiments, he has been central to advancing computing technology to address the simulation and data analysis requirements of each experiment. ATLAS, with its multi-Petabyte per year data flow, represents a significant challenge for even the assumed computing infrastructure of 2007. In 2001, he was appointed Network Project Manager for US ATLAS to plan for and develop the necessary network environment to support the US ATLAS computing model. He is co-chair of the High-Energy and Nuclear Physics (HENP) Internet2 Working Group, which is addressing similar problems in the context of all of high-energy and nuclear physics experiments. From 2002 thru 2005 he was the Technical Leader of the Michigan NMI Testbed. He is Co-PI on three network and grid related projects: UltraLight (NSF/ITR), Terapaths (DoE/MICS) and GridNFS (NFS/NMI Development) and has served as the Chair of the E2E TAG group from 2003-2004."

1991 Ph.D., Physics, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Michigan 1986 B.Sc., Physics, Michigan State University, Lansing, Michigan 1986 B.Sc., Astrophysics, Michigan State University, Lansing, Michigan

2004-Joint appointment with MGRID and Physics, Assoc. Research Scientist 2003-2004 Joint appointment with MGRID and Physics, Asst. Research Scientist 1999-2003 Asst. Research Scientist, Physics Department, University of Michigan 1993-1999 Research Fellow, Physics Department, University of Michigan 1992-1993 SSC Fellow, Physics Department, University of Michigan 1991-1992 Research Fellow, Physics Department, University of Michigan 1986-1991 Rackham Fellow, GRA, Physics Department, University of Michigan 1983-1986 Undergrad. RA, National Superconducting Cyclotron Facility, Michigan State U

2001-Network Project Manager, US ATLAS 2001-Co-Chair, HENP Internet2 Working Group 2002 - 2005 Technical Lead, UM NMI Testbed 2003 – 2004 Internet2 End-to-End Technical Advisory Group Chair

ATLAS (A Toroidal LHC AparatuS) One of three primary experiments planned for the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) at CERN which will search for the Higgs particle and explore a new energy regime. I am coordinating the online software and database activities for the MDT (Monitored Drift Tube) production at Michigan, as well as working on the detector simulation and analysis software. My current focus is the USATLAS grid testbed and network efforts, where I am the Network Project Manager.

MGRID (Michigan Grid Research and Infrastructure Development) An initiative focused on developing, deploying and testing a grid infrastructure for the University of Michigan. We intend to provide a grid environment for researchers at Michigan which could provide valuable knowledge about how to build grids at the national and international levels. I am on the technical leadership team for this effort ( ) NMI (NSF Middleware Initiative) Testbed Member - I am the technical coordinator for the Michigan testbed site. We are exploring how to best deploy and utilize middleware. ( )

SNAP (SuperNova Acceleration Probe) A billion pixel space-based telescope being designed to measure type 1a supernova with redshifts from 0.1 to 1.7 to determine the expansion history of our Universe. I am working on the simulation, software environment and computing efforts.


1. “The Grid: The Future of HEP Computing?”, University of Michigan Physics Department Seminar, January 7, 2002 (

2. “The HENP Working Group: History and Status”, at HENP WG meeting in conjunction with AMPATH and the Internet2 Joint-techs meeting, Miami, Florida, February 1, 2003.

3. “Grids, Networks and the Future of High-Energy Physics Computing”, Institute of High-Energy Physics (IHEP), Beijing, China, September 9, 2003.

4. “HEP, Grids and the Networks They Depend Upon”, University of Hawaii, Honolulu, HI, January 29, 2004.

5. “The UltraLight Program”, invited talk, GNEW 2004: The First International Grid Networking Workshop, March 16th, CERN, Geneva, Switzerland.


1. Indirect Detection of WIMPs Using Cosmic-Ray Positrons and Antiprotons: Current Status and Future Prospects, Shawn McKee, Nuclear Physics B (Proc. Suppl.), 51B, 204-208, November (1996).

2. Interpreting the Atmospheric Neutrino Anomaly, (Shawn McKee and Rudolph P. Thun), Physics Letters B, 439, 123-139 (1998).

3. “Opportunities for Use and Development of Collaborative Tools in ATLAS” Goldfarb et al. (CERN ATL-GEN-2003-002)

4. Long Precision Drift Tube Production at Michigan, Diehl et. al., (CERN ATL-MUON-2005-11)

5. New Measurement of the Cosmic-Ray Positron Fraction from 5 to 15 GeV, J.J.Beatty et al., Phys. Rev. Lett. 93, 241102 (2004).


William Adamson – University of Michigan Homer Neal – University of Michigan Dantong Yu – Brookhaven Nat. Lab. Charles Severance – University of Michigan Gregory Tarle – Thesis Advisor Alan Chodos – American Physical Society Harvey Newman – Caltech Paul Avery – University of Florida


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