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Moving data for the Large Hadron Collider

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“In order to make the science possible, we are not enough – CERN cannot be alone. We are at the centre of a collaboration which is called the Worldwide LHC Computing Grid and our role with this computing infrastructure is the first entry point…the actual discoveries happen across all these sites.”

We interviewed Massimo Lamanna from the CERN IT Storage Group when he visited Australia recently. His team is responsible for managing data for the Large Hadron Collider -the LHC – based at CERN, the European Organization for Nuclear Research based in Switzerland, one of the world’s largest and most respected centres for scientific research.

LHC experiments produce massive amounts of data and the CERN team collaborated with scientists and engineers around the globe to create the Worldwide LHC Computing Grid to manage the complexities of processing this data. This grid consists of distributed sites interconnected by research network infrastructure. The Centre of Excellence in Particle Physics at Melbourne University is a Tier 2 site – data is moved to and from this site over AARNet national and international network infrastructure. Watch the video to find out more.

To go further behind the scenes of the LHC, you can also visit the Collider exhibition, now on at Sydney’s Museum of Applied Arts and Sciences Powerhouse location (an AARNet customer) until 30 October 2016. This immersive exhibition from Science Museum, London blends theatre, video and sound art with real artefacts from CERN, recreating a visit to the famous particle physics laboratory. Learn about the ATLAS experiment and the Higgs boson discovery and how particle physics helps us understand the Universe.

More about AARNet and the LHC

Read our LHC Case Study – Facilitating high-energy physics on a global scale


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