The XENON collaboration

In search of dark matter


The XENON research collaboration is made of over 150 scientists in 27 institutes in Europe, US and Japan, working on experiments aiming to detect dark matter particles. The XENON detector is located within the largest underground research facility in the world – the INFN Gran Sasso National Laboratory in Italy.
The experiments aim to detect particles in the form of weakly interacting massive particles (WIMPs) by looking for rare interactions via nuclear recoils in a liquid xenon target chamber.

The challenge

This collaborative effort comes with huge computational challenges. XENON has increasing requirements in terms of data processing, storage and analysis. The next-phase detector is now under construction and is expected to be commissioned in 2019.

EGI-XENON collaboration

XENON is using EGI High-Throughput Compute and Online Storage services to handle their computational demands. The computing facilities include the EGI sites Nikhef (Netherlands), SURFSara (Netherlands), CCIN2P3 (France), INFN-CNAF (Italy), Weizmann (Israel). The collaboration continues in the future with the upcoming stage of the XENON experiment, which will rely on EGI resources for data storage, processing and Monte Carlo simulations.

XENON EGI usage (2016-2018):

  • 4 PB storage
  • 2 million computation jobs

Services used by XENON

High-Throughput Compute

Online Storage

Resource providers

Nikhef, SURFSara, CCIN2P3, INFN-CNAF, Weizmann.