The 15-petabyte network and the atom smasher

Enough information to fill multiple CDs every second is flowing across the world on a network 1,000 times faster than home broadband.

Terabytes of data are streaming through dedicated fiber-optic links between laboratories and universities globally in preparation for the world’s largest particle accelerator, the Large Hadron Collider, being switched on in August at CERN in Geneva, Switzerland.

The Large Hadron Collider Computing Grid (LCG), a super-high-bandwidth network, will channel about 15 petabytes–15 million gigabytes–of data from the LHC to about 5,000 scientists in 500 institutions every year for at least 10 years.

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