ESS Data Management and Software Centre Opens in Copenhagen

DMSC Office Opening.
The European Spallation Source celebrates the opening of the ESS Data Management and Software Centre (DMSC) offices in Copenhagen with more than 90 representatives of ESS, Danish partners and stakeholders.
Above: Mark Hagen, Head of ESS Data Centre DMSC receiving the official Door Plate from ESS Director for Science Andreas Schreyer, together with Ulla Tørnås, Danish Minister for Higher Education and Science, and Thomas Bjørnholm, the Prorector for Research and Innovation at the University of Copenhagen. PHOTO: ESS
COPENHAGEN - The European Spallation Source (ESS) celebrated today the official opening of the ESS Data Management and Software Centre (DMSC) permanent offices in Copenhagen. The Danish Minister for Higher Education and Science, Ulla Tørnæs participated in the opening event. She was joined by Thomas Bjørnholm, the Prorector for Research and Innovation at the University of Copenhagen, and more than 90 representatives from ESS Danish partners, stakeholders and ESS.
"It makes me extremely proud to be the Minister for Higher Education and Science, when I see this amazing international knowledge hub -  ESS’ Data Management and Software Centre - being built in Copenhagen," says Ulla  Tørnæs. "It also makes me proud as a European to see ESS being built together, across borders, in Europe."
The new European research facility is expected to be the world's leading research facility using neutrons and is one of the highest priority research infrastructure projects in Europe. ESS is being built in Lund, Sweden, but will store and process the data it produces at DMSC in Denmark.
The data centre's new offices are located in the Copenhagen Bio Science building, on the north campus of the University of Copenhagen. During the current construction phase the DMSC staff consists of 22 employees developing software and hardware for the control, analysis, and visualization of the experiments to be carried out at ESS. They are working in collaboration with partners at universities and research laboratories all over Europe. When ESS goes into operations the data centre expects to have 60-70 employees.
"The DMSC will provide the analysis and modelling software that will help the users of ESS turn data into scientific results and innovation,” says Mark Hagen, Head of DMSC and an experienced neutron scientist who has worked at most of the world's other leading neutron sources. "We are already very active in providing data analysis software for neutron scattering, collaborating on projects with our partners in the UK, France, Germany, USA and, of course, Denmark."
The ESS user programme begins and opens for scientifc research in 2023. When that happens, it is expected to produce 3-5 petabytes (PB) of data per year, rising to 7-11 PB over the following years. The data will be transferred between ESS and DMSC through a dedicated fibre connection over the Oresund.
"The DMSC in Copenhagen confirms the important role of Denmark as a host country for ESS," says Andreas Schreyer, ESS Director for Science. "The DMSC is a vital part of ESS which will provide new and unprecedented possibilities for the researchers to generate novel scientific results from the data generated in the experiments at ESS."
ESS will be up to a 100 times brighter than any similar research facility and will enable scientists an unprecedented capability to probe matter with neutrons on atomic and molecular level. The research at ESS is expected to lead to many discoveries in scientific fields such as life science, energy and new materials.
Ulla Tørnæs, Danish Minister for Higher Education and Science speaking at the opening event. PHOTO: ESS