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April 1, 2015
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Welcome to the Worldwide LHC Computing Grid (WLCG), the most sophisticated data-taking and analysis system ever built for science.

April 1, 2015

iSGTW interviews Jorge Gomes, member of the European Grid Infrastructure (EGI) executive board, ahead of next month’s EGI Conference in Lisbon, Portugal. He explains why it is vital to support research with grid computing, as well as with a range of related IT services. “In order for researchers to be able to collaborate and share data with one another efficiently, the underlying IT infrastructures need to be in place,” says Gomes. “With the amount of data produced by research collaborations growing rapidly, this support is of paramount importance.”

February 4, 2015

CERN openlab is a unique public-private partnership between CERN and leading ICT companies. Founded in 2001 to develop the innovative ICT systems needed to cope with the unprecedented computing challenges of the Large Hadron Collider, CERN openlab unites science and industry at the cutting edge of research and innovation.

CERN openlab recently entered its fifth phase, which will run until the end of 2017. Now, for the first time in its history, it has extended beyond the CERN community to include other major European and international research laboratories. 

December 3, 2014

LHC@home recently celebrated a decade since its launch in 2004. Through its SixTrack project, the LHC@home platform harnesses the power of volunteer computing to model the progress of sub-atomic particles traveling at nearly the speed of light around CERN’s Large Hadron Collider. The number of projects supported by LHC@home is growing and the platform now has over 100,000 users from across the globe.

July 9, 2014

Last week, in a ceremony held at UNESCO headquarters in Paris, France, CERN and UNESCO commemorated the signature of the CERN Convention and the subsequent 60 years of science for peace.

May 21, 2014

This year’s International Supercomputing Conference (ISC’14) in Leipzig, Germany, is now just one month away. iSGTW speaks to Niko Neufeld ahead of his talk at the event, ‘The Boson in the Haystack’, which will take place during the session on ‘Emerging Trends for Big Data in HPC’ on Wednesday 25 June.

November 27, 2013

The CMS collaboration — one of the two experiments responsible for discovering the Higgs boson at CERN’s Large Hadron Collider — is set to make a significant portion of its data open to the public. The collaboration is also working with Finland’s IT Center for Science to give high-school students access to this data and to enable them to carry out some simple particle-physics analysis.

June 19, 2013

CERN and the Wigner Research Centre for Physics last week inaugurated the Hungarian data center in Budapest, marking the completion of the facility hosting the extension for CERN computing resources. About 500 servers, 20,000 computing cores, and 5.5 petabytes of storage are already operational at the site. The capacity at Wigner will be remotely managed from CERN, substantially extending the capabilities of the Worldwide LHC Computing Grid Tier-0 activities.

May 22, 2013

Video courtesy The Little Big Studio/ CERN IT department.


May 8, 2013

Warp drives aren’t just the stuff of science fiction. Researchers inspired by Star Trek are currently working to make the dream of interstellar travel for human civilization a reality – one day. While the kinks are being worked out, distributed computing may help address the multi-dimensional issues of warp travel.

May 1, 2013

Behind the excellent results from CERN's Large Hadron Collider (LHC) lies the Worldwide LHC Computing Grid – a giant that never sleeps. Find out more in this article from the CERN Courier...

February 20, 2013

With the news that the CERN data center has recorded over 100 petabytes of physics data over the last 20 years, you may be wondering how on Earth all of this  gets analyzed. The answer: The Worldwide LHC Computing Grid, or 'WLCG' for short.

February 20, 2013

Computer engineers at CERN last week announced that the CERN data center has recorded over 100 petabytes of physics data over the last 20 years.

September 5, 2012

This year's Turing Festival had a session called CERN: Big Questions, Big Science, Big Technology. Speakers talked about its history of physics theory, engineering, and computing.

August 15, 2012

Unless you've been living under a rock for the past month, you're almost certainly aware that on 4 July scientists at CERN announced they had discovered a particle consistent with the Higgs boson. However, what you may not know is that distributed computing played a crucial role in the race towards this discovery.

August 8, 2012

wordcollider from Moritz Heller on Vimeo.

August 1, 2012

The largest scientific projects in the world, including the Large Hadron Collider or the Square Kilometre Array, still require simple models to help researchers understand the results.

August 1, 2012

The Higgs boson-like particle has been turned into music. Not only is this a way to bridge the gap between science and the public, but it could enable researchers to hear their work in a new light.

July 11, 2012

Candidate Higgs boson decay to four electrons recorded by ATLAS in 2012. Image courtesy ATLAS.

July 11, 2012

Physicists working at the Large Hadron Collider have identified a new particle that is consistent with the Higgs boson. Confidence levels are as high as 5.0 sigma. This means the probability of the background alone fluctuating up by this amount or more is about one in three million. The director general of CERN, Rolf Heuer, said this global success was only made possible because of the experiments, infrastructure, and grid computing.

June 27, 2012

The Open Science Grid, in the US, have received a large financial commitment to sustain its computing grid resources into the future.

June 27, 2012

Europe's leading neutron source, and international experiments, and projects, are setting up policies and tools to make raw data more open, streamlining cross-disciplinary research.

May 16, 2012

A PhD student based at the National Institute for Subatomic Physics (NIKHEF), in the Netherlands, wrote an opinion feature of her experience in using the grid to help search for new physics in LHCb detector data and to answer why there is more matter than antimatter in the universe today.

December 7, 2011

For the last 40 years, the way that large-scale services, such as global banks, and scientific experiments, such as the LHC at CERN, have been managing their data has been reminiscent of Lyman Frank Baum’s The Wonderful Wizard of Oz:there's only one tried-and-tested path, a 'yellow brick road', and it's relational databases. But over the last couple of years, some new, non-relational database models have emerged and may represent the next step in the evolution of data management.