Nobel laureates will be among the distinguished guests at a symposium at CERN1 on 16 September. The symposium will celebrate the double anniversary of major discoveries at CERN that underlie the modern theory of particles and forces. It will also look forward to future challenges and opportunities as the laboratory moves into a new arena for discovery with the construction of the Large Hadron Collider. The symposium will end with a panel discussion(*) on the future of particle physics, chaired by Carlo Rubbia.
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A side event to the World Summit on the Information Society (Geneva, December 2003) will explore the past and future contributions of science to the information society. Hosted by CERN1, the Role of Science in the Information Society (RSIS) conference will bring together scientists and representatives of funding agencies and governments worldwide.
Geneva 1 July 2003. Fifty years ago today, representatives of the twelve founding Member States of CERN1 signed the Organization's convention, paving the way for the establishment of the world's leading fundamental physics research institution. Today, CERN numbers 20 European Member States, with several countries from beyond the European region also participating in the Laboratory's world-class research programme. CERN officially came into existence on 29 September 1954, when the founding Member States ratified the convention.
Geneva 26 June 2003. Scientists at CERN1 and the California Institute of Technology2 (Caltech) have set a new Internet2 land speed record using the next-generation Internet protocol IPv6. The team sustained a single stream Transfer Control Protocol (TCP) rate of 983 megabits per second for more than one hour between CERN and Chicago, a distance of more than 7,000 kilometres. This is equivalent to transferring a full CD in 5.6 seconds.
Geneva, 20 June 2003. The CERN1 Council, where the representatives of the 20 Member States of the Organization decide on scientific programmes and financial resources, held its 125th session today under the chairmanship of Professor Maurice Bourquin (CH). Highlights of the meeting included confirmation that the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) and its detectors are on schedule for a 2007 start-up, and that the LHC computing grid (LCG) project is about to reach a major milestone.
Swiss President Pascal Couchepin announced Wednesday 4 June an early 50th birthday present 1 from the Swiss Confederation to CERN2. Switzerland has decided to offer the laboratory the 'Palais de l'Equilibre', a landmark bu ilding designed by Geneva architects for Switzerland's 2002 national exhibition. Standing 27 metres high, the building will be transformed into an exhibition and networking centre at CERN's site on the outskirts of Geneva, and renamed the Globe of Innovation.
CERN1 announced today the successful completion of a major data challenge aimed at pushing the limits of data storage to tape. Using 45 newly installed StorageTek2 9940B tape drives, capable of writing to tape at 30megabyte/s, Bernd Panzer and his team at the IT Division of CERN were able to achieve storage-to-tape rates of 1.1 gigabyte/s for periods of several hours, with peaks of 1.2 gigabyte/s – roughly equivalent to storing a whole movie on DVD every four seconds. The average sustained over a three day period was of 920megabytes/s.
Pascal Couchepin, President of the Swiss Confederation, will visit CERN1 on 4 June to participate in the official inauguration of the underground cavern for the laboratory's ATLAS experiment. As the first new experimental cavern to be handed over to CERN by civil engineering contractors, this represents an important milestone for the Laboratory.
Ten years ago, CERN1 issued a statement declaring that a little known piece of software called the World Wide Web was in the public domain. That was on 30 April 1993, and it opened the floodgates to Web development around the world. By the end of the year Web browsers were de rigueur for any self-respecting computer user, and ten years on, the Web is an indispensable part of the modern communications landscape.