Latest LHC Computing Grid Stories

2008-11-03 10:25:00

When it is fully up and running, the four massive detectors on the new Large Hadron Collider (LHC) at the CERN particle-physics lab near Geneva are expected to produce up to 15 million gigabytes, aka 15 petabytes, of data every year. Andreas Hirstius, manager of CERN Openlab and the CERN School of Computing, explains in November's Physics World how computer scientists have risen to the challenge of dealing with this unprecedented volume of data. When CERN staff first considered how they might...

2008-10-03 15:20:00

CERN, the world's largest particle physics lab that created the Worldwide Web, exhibited its newest development on Friday: a computer network allowing some 7,000 scientists in 33 countries to connect and share data and processing power. Through the new network, the European Organization for Nuclear Research will allow scientists to analyze data from its particle-smashing test that began last month. The experiment began on September 10 and was shut down nine days later because of a helium...

2008-09-16 09:00:18

By EDD McCRACKEN EDINBURGH THE technology used in the search for the "God particle", which got under way in Switzerland last week, should have radical implications for how cancer is treated in Scotland, according to one of the top scientists involved in the project. Professor Peter Clarke, head of the University of Edinburgh's Institute for e-Science and a particle physicist, said the technological advances used in the Large Hadron Collider (LHC), combined with the knowledge of...

2008-09-10 14:43:39

The world's largest experiment in physics, the Hadron Particle Collider, began running Wednesday in a 17 mile tunnel under the French-Swiss border. The collider produces so much information that even the enormous computing authority of the European Organization for Nuclear Research cannot process it all. The Geneva-based laboratory, identified by the French acronym CERN, is dividing the load of work among many computing centers around the globe. The consequence of the division is the LHC...

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