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Large Hadron Collider News Archive


Two of the largest scientific entities in the world collaborate on handling the vast amounts of data they will generate..
CERN's flagship, the Large Hadron Collider, is a 27km ring buried 100-metres underground, accelerating particles close to the speed of light. Over 10 000 scientists from more than 100 nationalities and 600 universities collaborate with CERN.
CERN is gradually upgrading its hardware to get more data from the Large Hadron Collider (LHC), its 27km circular accelerator that smashes protons together at almost the speed of light to probe basic questions about the universe..
"Supporting the Large Hadron Collider, the biggest particle accelerator in the world, and its experiments to study the basic constituents of matter, CERN's database group has been using NetApp products since 2007," said Miroslav Potocky, database storage service manager in the IT department at CERN, one of the world's largest and most respected centres for scientific research..
The Large Hadron Collider is another example of science and technology being used to pursue the truth about our very existence on Earth – the beginning of time..
The Large Hadron Collider starts delivering data after 27 months of re-commissioning..
South Africa's status as the only African country to crack the nod to be part of the Worldwide Large Hadron Collider Computing Grid (WLCG) is set to stimulate scientific research locally, and deal with big data issues..
South Africa has joined the computing grid for the largest particle accelerator in the world, the Large Hadron Collider..
At CERN, the European Organization for Nuclear Research, physicists and engineers are preparing to resume research early in 2015 following a major programme of maintenance and upgrading to prepare the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) to run at almost double the energy..
The Large Hadron Collider is being prepared for its second three-year run. (Photograph by CERN).

Computing for the greater good

11 Apr 2014 Features
By Johann Barnard

Wits University is developing a processing board for use at the Large Hadron Collider that it hopes to commercialise for wider application..

SA reaps CERN rewards

5 Feb 2014 Computing
By Nicola Mawson

SA's involvement with the Large Hadron Collider (LHC), in Switzerland, is paying dividends as the country embarks on new electronics and physics projects, and benefits from knowledge gained at the European Organisation for Nuclear Research (CERN)..

Two-decade journey for collider

4 Jul 2013 Computing
By Nicola Mawson

The Large Hadron Collider is the world’s largest and most powerful particle accelerator. (Photograph: CERN).
The dispersed radio telescopes are positioned to capture the radio frequencies emitted naturally through various mechanisms throughout the universe, such as pulsars, vast clouds of hydrogen surrounding galaxies, and matter spiralling into black holes. From this vast amount of data, interesting signals are sifted from the ambient noise in an effort to avoid having to send large quantities of data from one place to another.

Scientists more confident of Higgs

15 Mar 2013 Business
By Nicola Mawson

Last July, scientists said two Switzerland-based research projects had discovered a Higgs-like particle. The July announcement came in a progress report from the Large Hadron Collider (LHC), the £2.
Some advantages are obvious, he said. Agricultural output could be boosted by 10%, a key concern with global population closing in on seven billion.
The discoveries of Serge Haroche and David Wineland eclipsed the more well-known work on the Large Hadron Collider, the world’s largest particle accelerator, which was expected to take the award, says Sean Paine, COO of information solutions specialist, EnterpriseWorx..
Scientists at CERN, the European Organisation for Nuclear Research, search for clues that will help unlock the secrets of the universe. In the quest for answers, scientists gather mind-boggling volumes of data from the trillions of proton collisions that occur within four points of CERN's Large Hadron Collider (LHC), the most powerful particle accelerator in the world.

Stronger evidence of Higgs boson

6 Aug 2012 Computing
By Nicola Mawson

The July announcement came in a progress report from the Large Hadron Collider (LHC), the £2.6 billion “Big Bang” particle accelerator at the centre of the hunt for the Higgs boson.

Higgs: why we care

10 Jul 2012 Computing
By Jon Tullett

The search for the Higgs boson was one of the principle goals behind the construction of the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) at CERN in Switzerland. The LHC accelerates particles to near light-speed and then smashes them together, breaking off constituent particles, which can be identified by the traces they leave behind on the LHC's sensor arrays.

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