Smashing IT – Data processing at Large Hadron Collider

Dr Neil Geddes, Head of e-Science at STFC,
STFC Rutherford Appleton Laboratory

Venue: Oxford e-Research Centre, 6 Keble Road, Oxford OX1 3QG

The Large Hadron Collider presents unique challenges to those involved in analysing the massive volume of information produced. In one year the Large Hadron Collider will generate roughly 15 petabytes (15 million gigabytes) of data – enough to fill more than 1.7 million dual-layer DVDs a year!

Dr Neil Geddes will present an overview of the data processing chain for the experiments being carried out at the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) at CERN covering the event triggering and data acquisition of the Compact Muon Solenoid (CMS) detector including subsequent data analysis in the global Grid network. The experiments investigate a wide range of physics, including the search for the Higgs boson and particles that could make up dark matter.

Dr Neil Geddes leads the Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC) e-Science Department at the Rutherford Appleton Laboratory, with responsibility for data storage and management, scientific computing and grid technology development and exploitation in support of the scientific facilities operated by STFC. He is also a visiting Professor of e-Science at the University of Oxford.

Event Information

The event is free and both members and non-members are very welcome. Reservations are not required.

Tea, coffee and sandwiches will be served from 7:00pm. The lecture starts at 7:30pm.