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CERN celebrates discoveries and looks to the future

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.

CERN prepares for 50th anniversary

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.

New Long-range Speed Record with Next-Generation

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.

CERN confirms LHC schedule

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.

CERN receives early 50th anniversary present from Swiss Confederation

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.

CERN breaks gigabyte/s storage-to-tape barrier with StorageTek

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.

Swiss President to visit CERN

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.


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