The Large Hadron Collider is Open for eBusiness
Daniel Selman 2700022VQ3 Visits (2333)
The papers have been filled with scientific, and not so scientific, stories about the Large Hadron Collider. It sounds (to my ignorant mind) like fascinating science and the project is a real testament to man's (and woman's) incredibly stubborn quest for answers. Like a bookish three year-old we are constantly asking "...but why?".
There is a very tenuous ILOG link to this post because Nicolas Sauterey informed me last week that many years ago, while the LHC was in the planning phase, we were approached by the LHC team and asked if we could pattern match against the particle events generated by the collider, to help determine which were worthy of more in-depth analysis. The data volume is enormous (27 TB per day of raw data!) so it is no surprise that we weren't able to help back then. Talk about Complex Event Processing! ;-) He also mentioned they were originally intending to use EJBs, but that may have been sarcasm! LHC now uses a very sophisticated grid architecture to distribute the compute load across academic institutions and even home users.
In case you are worried that an LHC induced particle collision may create a black hole, hastening the end of the world -- some wag has created a web site just for you! Check it in the morning before you head off to work...