CPP Presents LHC Grid Fest

3 October 2008
The Centre for Particle Physics (CPP) at the University of Alberta presented LHC Grid Fest on Friday, October 3, in celebration of the launch of the LHC Computing Grid. More than twenty people attended the event, which included speeches by WestGrid representative Paul Lu, and Cybera business coordinator Adam Lukaszuk.

The LHC Computing Grid is a distributed network that was built to handle the massive amounts of data produced by the Large Hadron Collider (LHC), which is the world’s largest particle-accelerator complex. The Grid was designed by CERN, and incorporates both fibre optic cable and portions of the public Internet. The LHC will produce roughly 15 petabytes (15 million gigabytes) of data per year, which is enough to fill more than 1.7 million dual-layer DVDs.

The Grid can be accessed in Canada via CANARIE, the country’s national research network. Researchers in Alberta can use CyberaNet, the province’s research network, to access CANARIE.

CERN collaborated with institutions in 33 countries, including Canada, to create the LHC Computing Grid.