During the last two years the MONARC project, supported by a number of institutes participating in the LHC programme, has been developing and evaluating different models for LHC computing. MONARC has also developed tools for simulating the behaviour of such models when implemented in a wide-area distributed computing environment.
The computing models developed by this project have been found to be a perfect match for the GRID metaphor and convinced CERN management to refocus on the GRID the entire computing pans for the evolution of CERN computing.
CERN has a long tradition of collaboration with industry in the IT domain often in the framework of EU supported research programmes.
CERN is in a unique ideal position to be a research centre with the flexibility and the skills to embark in advanced RTD projects, but with severe industrial production service requirements.
Its primary mission is in fact to build and operate very large and sophisticated particle accelerators. This imposes very strict quality and production requirements.
CERN is operated by 2'700 permanent staff coming from the 20 member states. It has a yearly budget of about 1000 M CHF.