New to the LHC?
The LHC (Large Hadron Collider) is a 27-km ring of superconducting magnets that will generate temperatures a billion times hotter than the heat of the sun by smashing together particles traveling at 99.999999991% the speed of light (nice!). It’ll do this around 40 million times every second
The LHC Computing Grid (LCG)
Known to many as the lab “where the web was born
Why choose grid for the LHC data?
1) each of the gazillions of particle collisions that will happen inside the LHC are independent events
2) the codes required to analyze the events are pretty small in terms of the memory they take up (around 2 gigabytes)
How's the LHG progressing?
In Les’s own words: “So far
And how important is this computer grid to the success of the LHC?
Essential. The distributed system must work from Day 1 of the LHC beginning collisions.
Does it work?
Les’s words again: “We’ll see when the physics comes out. We’re in the process of doing some final testing.” It’s all looking good at this stage: All of the baseline functionality is deployed and in use
Yee ha! I quite like exciting times.