Scientist around the world are excited and eager today as the big moment is nearing ,more than 20 years of wait is about to end and CERN is finally flipping the switch on the billion dollar Large Hadron Collider (LHC) dubbed as the most advance and complex machine ever built in the history of mankind. The Large Hadron Collider (LHC) is a gigantic scientific instrument near Geneva, where it spans the border between Switzerland and France about 100 m underground. It is a particle accelerator used by physicists to study the smallest known particles – the fundamental building blocks of all things. Two beams of subatomic particles called ‘hadrons’ -either protons or lead ions will travel in 27 kilometre tunnel in the opposite directions at the speed of light (almost) to collide (For today’s experiment, the beam is only a single beam, so there will be no collisions).
When the LHC will start operating it will produce roughly 15 petabytes (15 million gigabytes) of data annually – enough to fill more than 1.7 million dual-layer DVDs a year. Enormous computing power and storage is required and “LHC Grid,” a global network of 60,000 computers will provide this required computing capability.The data are sent via high-speed lines to 11 top research institutions in Europe, North America and Asia, and from there to a wider network of some 150 research facilities around the world where they can be scrutinized by thousands of researchers.
Well if Physicist could not find any god particle in CERN 🙂 one thing is for sure, Computer Scientists would cherish these experiments some day which pushed distributed computing and networking technologies to a new front.
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