Researchers Build Facility for CERN Data Flood

Talk about Big Data!
University of Nebraska-Lincoln particle physicists Ken Bloom and Aaron Dominguez have teamed up with computer scientist David Swanson to build a computing center for the benefit of scientists at their university and across the country. The center’s goal is to manage the flood of information that will pour from the world’s next-generation particle accelerator, the Large Hadron Collider (LHC), an underground ring 27 kilometers around and located at the European Centre for Nuclear Research (CERN) in Geneva, Switzerland.
Detectors stationed around the LHC ring will produce 15 trillion gigabytes of data every year, data that will be farmed out to computing centers worldwide. The Nebraska center will allow physicists from many universities to analyze data from the Compact Muon Solenoid (CMS) experiment–a more than 12,000-ton detector that will record tracks created by hundreds of particles emerging from each collision in the accelerator–while also providing computing power for researchers in other scientific fields.
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