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A Physicist's Best Friend: CERN Finds the Higgs BosonThe discovery of the Higgs boson marked an important step towards understanding the fundamental laws which underpin the universe. This elusive particle, thought to be at the very root of the existence of mass, has been the focus of experiments carried out at the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) at CERN on the French-Swiss border.Challenges• Crunch numbers. Process, filter, and analyze petabytes of complex LHC data every year• Needles in haystacks. Empower scientists to identify the 20 or 30 data points they need to find in millions—using advanced algorithmsSolutions• High energy physics computing. The 9,000 servers at the heart of CERN’s WLCG are powered by roughly 90,000 cores, the majority of which are powered by Intel® technology, with more than 12,000 belonging to the Intel® Xeon® processor E5 family• Well connected. As part of the equipment used for the interconnects, the CERN part of the computing grid uses Intel® 10 Gigabit Ethernet Network Interface Cards 82599EB to connect disparate servers and support a variety of specialized experimentsImpact• World-class research. Scientists use the computing platform to explore mysteries surrounding the Higgs boson and the Big Bang• More to come. Ambitious development plans for the LHC will continue to need cutting edge processing technologyRead the full A Physicist's Best Friend: CERN Finds the Higgs Boson Case Study.
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