A group of 10 Canadian universities will use an IBM supercomputer cluster to examine data being produced by the CERN project in Europe.A group of 10 Canadian universities has tapped an IBM supercomputer cluster to help store and analyze the huge amount of data expected when physicists from the CERN project in Switzerland turn on the Large Hadron Collider particle accelerator in 2008. Researchers from these Canadian universities are all part of the Atlas project, which will use the raw information from the LHC (Large Hadron Collider) to study proton collisions in order to search for the Higgs particle, which has never been seen but whose existence could help better explain the fundamental nature of subatomic particles, such as why an electron has a negative charge and a proton has a positive charge. In order to collect the data, the Canadian researchers and IBM will use an IBM System Cluster 1350 supercomputer, reconfigured with a DCS9550 Storage System, supporting up to 320 different hard disk configuration and a total of 160TB of physical storage. The IBM cluster is housed at TRUIMF, Canadas national laboratory for subatomic physics, in Vancouver, British Columbia.
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