Large Hadron Collider: The Biggest Human Experiment Ever, Yet.

Posted: August 9, 2008 by Spaceweaver in Physics, Technology
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There’s a global computing effort dedicated to moving vast volumes of data around the world.
You already knew that, but this one isn’t being used to pirate movies. It’s the computational support system for the work that will take place at the Large Hadron Collider, and it’s the largest scientific computing project to date.
Today, the European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN) has announced that the LHC will go online on September 10.

On September 10th, researchers will activate particle beams within the 17-mile-long ring, and the world’s most powerful particle accelerator will begin collecting experimental data.
The LHC’s research potential is staggering, with physicists hoping to use the accelerator’s extremely high-energy proton collisions to generate a range of theoretical particles.
Once started it will be a source of staggering amounts of data. The data load will be spread over hundreds of participating
facilities around the globe.
Some of those particles could help us to understand the nature of mass, including the as-yet-undetectable dark matter that accounts for so much of the universe’s mass. Other particles might prove the existence of extra dimensions, or lead to entirely new theories or physical laws.
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