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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.

ETICS to improve Grid quality

Geneva, 20 January 2006. The kick-off meeting for a new project called ETICS (eInfrastructure for Testing, Integration and Configuration of Software) is being held at CERN1 today. The goal of this project, which is coordinated by CERN and funded partially by the European Commission, is to improve the quality of Grid and distributed software by offering a practical quality assurance process to software projects, based on a build and test service. This is a first of its kind in Grid computing.

CERN concludes year of strong progress towards the LHC

Geneva, 16 December 2005. Speaking at the 135th session of the CERN1 Council, the Organization's Director General, Robert Aymar hailed a year of impressive progress towards the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) project, scheduled to start-up in 2007. “In one year, we have made great progress,” he said. “The challenge is not over, of course, but we have great confidence of maintaining the schedule for start-up in 2007.”

A step forward for open access publishing

Geneva, 14 December 2005. A landmark decision has been reached on the future direction of scientific publishing. At a meeting hosted by CERN1 on 7-8 December, representatives of several major physics publishers, European particle physics laboratories, learned societies, funding agencies and authors from Europe and the US, came together for the first time to promote open access publishing. Among the results of the meeting was the formation of a task force mandated to bring about action by 2007.

Beyond Einstein

Geneva, 18 November 2005. CERN1 and the World Year of Physics International Steering Committee are partnering with some of the world's leading physics laboratories, science museums and technology partners to present a twelve-hour live webcast to celebrate Einstein and look beyond the World Year of Physics 2005.

CERN demonstrates commitment to goals of the World Summit for the Information Society

Geneva, 17 November 2005. Speaking today to international delegates meeting in Tunis for the second World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS), CERN1 Director-General Robert Aymar highlighted some of the important achievements that CERN has contributed to since the first summit in Geneva in 2003. At the first summit, CERN worked actively to ensure that the fundamental role of science and technology in the information society was acknowledged in the agenda of the WSIS.

CERN awarded high-performance computing prize at Supercomputing 2005

Geneva, 16 November 2005. CERN1 has received the High Performance Computing (HPC) Public Awareness Award at a ceremony at Supercomputing 2005 in Seattle this week. Supercomputing 2005 is the foremost international conference for HPC. The award was presented by HPCwire, the leading HPC publication, as one of their 2005 Editors' Choice Awards, a category where the winner is determined by a panel of recognized HPC luminaries and contributing editors from industry.

Setting the stage for science in schools

Geneva, 10 November 2005 - How can you weigh the Earth with a straw, a paperclip and a piece of thread? Why don’t we really know what we see? How can a juggling act explain mathematics?

These are but a few of the on-stage activities that will be shown at the EIROforum1 Science on Stage Festival, to be held from 21 to 25 November at CERN2 in Geneva (Switzerland). With support from the European Commission, this international festival brings together around 500 science educators from 29 European countries to show how fascinating and entertaining science can be.

Global e-Infrastructure reports landmark results at European conference

Geneva, 28 October 2005. Today marked the completion of a major conference organized by the Enabling Grids for E-sciencE project, which is coordinated by CERN1 and co-funded by the European Commission, where a number of key results were reported on the road to achieving a global Grid infrastructure for science. It was announced at the conference that the EGEE infrastructure, which spans over 150 sites in Europe, the Americas and Asia, had surpassed 2 million computing jobs, or the equivalent of over 1000 years of processing on a single PC.


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