Bill Johnston Featured in Video on LHC Computing
The Large Hadron Collider (LHC), a new particle accelerator at CERN in Switzerland, provides a massive facility for physicists around the world to investigate the origins of the universe. The world’s largest scientific research project is expected to produce roughly 15 petabytes (15 million gigabytes) of data annually for analysis.
The U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Energy Sciences Network (ESnet), Internet2, and US LHCNet, which provides transatlantic network connectivity from the LHC facility to the U.S. have prepared for moving the massive amounts of data to U.S. sites where scientists can analyze the information. These organizations have worked closely together to deploy networks with the bandwidth and capabilities to reliably transport multiple streams of 10 Gigabits of data per second. The LHC will be the first experiment to fully utilize the advanced capabilities of these networks, which will connect DOE national laboratories and university researchers across the country to the LHC data.