Collider Requires Massive Computing Network

Susan Hall

The Large Hadron particle collider that began running Wednesday will produce so much information that dozens of computing centers around the world will take part in analyzing the data, according to an Associated Press story on


The LHC Grid will employ a network of 60,000 computers to crunch data from the subatomic experiments. Despite massive filtering, there will be 15 petabytes of data a year -- roughly enough to fill 2 million DVDs. The story says high-speed lines to 11 top research institutions in Europe, North America and Asia will analyze the data, then send it out to a network of 150 facilities where thousands of researchers will be involved.


Meanwhile, offers this guide for IT professionals to explain what it all means.

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