Laboratório de Instrumentação e Física Experimental de partículas (LIP) is a Portuguese scientific organization, aiming at research in experimental particle physics and related detector technology. LIP was created in 1986 as the Portuguese Laboratory for collaboration with the European Organisation for Particle Physics (CERN). LIP develops its R&D activities mainly in the framework of experiments at CERN, but also with the European Space Agency (ESA). LIP also uses and shares other international scientific facilities such as GSI, SNOLAB, SURF (LUX) or the Pierre Auger Observatory. The LIP scientific activity is organized in research groups focused in three main areas:

  • Experimental particle physics and astroparticle physics
  • Development of new instruments and methods (detectors for nuclear and particle physics, medical applications, radiation environment studies and applications for space missions)
  • Advanced computing

LIP is the coordinator of the Portuguese National Grid Initiative (NGI) infrastructure. In 2014, the NGI evolved into a National Distributed Computing Infrastructure (INCD) reflecting a larger scope of technical activities and competences. INCD has been recently approved for the Portuguese Science Foundation (FCT) infrastructures roadmap. In the INCD context, LIP is responsible for the operation and coordination of the national distributed computing infrastructure that joins computing resources from universities and research centres. INCD is the Portuguese side of the IBERGRID initiative. IBERGRID unifies the Portuguese and Spanish distributed computing infrastructures and enables a joint Iberian participation in EGI. In the INCD and IBERGRID contexts, LIP needs to provide scientific computing services to the research community encompassing grid, HPC and cloud resources. Therefore the enhancement and combined use of these resources through a PaaS solution and easy to use portals are of great interest.