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CERN Grid leadership recognized by business world

Geneva, 15 September 2006. This week at GridWorld, a major conference for enterprise Grids held in Washington, D.C., CERN1 was honoured with two awards for “Most Innovative Grid Implementation in Public Sector Research” and “Overall Top Research Grid”. The awards were presented by the publishers of GRIDtoday, a leading source of news on Grid technology for the business world. These awards signal the growing interest of the business community in the Grid technology that CERN and its partners have been developing.

Mammoth CMS magnet reaches full-field at CERN

Geneva, 13 September 2006. The world’s largest superconducting solenoid magnet has reached full field. Weighing in at over 10,000 tonnes, the CMS experiment’s magnet is built around a 6-metre diameter, 13-metre long superconducting solenoid coil. It generates a field of 4 teslas, some 100,000 times higher than that of the Earth, and stores 2.5 gigajoules of energy, sufficient to melt 18 tonnes of gold.

CERN switches on neutrino beam to Gran Sasso

Geneva, 11 September 2006. CERN1 has switched on a new neutrino beam, aimed through the earth to the INFN2 Gran Sasso Laboratories some 730km away near Rome. This is the latest addition to a global endeavour to understand this most elusive of particles and unlock the secrets it carries about the origins and evolution of our Universe. The start of the project was marked today by a ceremony at the Gran Sasso Laboratories attended by Italian Minister for Universities and Research, Fabio Mussi, and CERN Director General Robert Aymar.

Putting your computer to work to fight against malaria in Africa

Geneva, 13 July 2006. While you are sending an email or surfing the web, your computer could be helping to tackle one of Africa’s major humanitarian challenges, malaria. Africa@home, a project conceived and coordinated by CERN1, was launched publicly this week. It is recruiting volunteer computers in homes and offices to run a computer-intensive simulation program called MalariaControl.net2, developed by researchers at the Swiss Tropical Institute (STI)3.

CERN confirms LHC start-up for 2007

Geneva, 23 June 2006. First collisions in the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) will happen in November 2007, said LHC project leader Lyn Evans at the 137th meeting of the CERN1 Council held in Geneva today. A two month run in 2007, with beams colliding at an energy of 0.9 TeV will allow the LHC accelerator and detector teams to run-in their equipment ready for a full 14 TeV energy run to start in Spring 2008.

CERN launches second phase of openlab industry partnership

Geneva, 17 May 2006. The second phase of CERN openlab, a partnership between CERN1 and leading IT companies, was officially launched at a ceremony at CERN today. The industrial partners in this second phase are HP2, Intel3 and Oracle4. The second phase of CERN openlab builds on experience from the last three years, where the partnership produced many excellent technical results in the field of cluster and Grid computing.

Bringing science out of the lab into the classroom

Heidelberg, 28 March 2006. Science is moving more rapidly than ever; one groundbreaking discovery chases the next at an incredible speed. School teachers have trouble keeping up with the pace, and many pupils call science classes "boring". Today, Europe's major research organisations launch Science in School1, the first international, multidisciplinary journal for innovative science teaching, to provide a platform for communication between science teachers, practising scientists and other stakeholders in science education. 

Global Grid service for LHC computing succeeds in gigabyte-per-second challenge

Mumbai and Geneva, 15 February 2006 – Today, at the international Computing for High Energy and Nuclear Physics 2006 conference (CHEP’06) in Mumbai, India, the Worldwide LHC Computing Grid collaboration (WLCG) officially announced the successful completion of a service challenge. This challenge involved sustaining a continuous flow of physics data on a worldwide Grid infrastructure at up to 1 gigabyte per second.

European particle physics sets course for the future

Orsay, 1 February 2006. "Particle physics has an exciting future" : this was the key message emerging from the Open Symposium on particle physics strategy in Europe, which concluded at Orsay, France, today. Organised by the CERN1Council Strategy Group, this Symposium is the first of a series of events that will conclude in Lisbon on 14 July 2006, when the Group will present its long-term vision for particle physics in Europe to the 20 European states of the CERN Council.


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