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Issue 87: iSGTW 13 August 2008

(Almost) starting up the LHC: a view from the front lines

On Thursday, 8 August, CERN announced that it would make the first attempt to circulate a beam in the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) on 10 September, with the first test scheduled for the weekend of 9 August.

To find out what it is like from the point of view of those actually building the LHC and installing the equipment, iSGTW caught up with Mike Lamont of LHC Machine Operations for a few minutes, just  before workers were about to start the initial steps of a preliminary, low-energy, “pre-startup”  of the various components the next day.

iSGTW: Where do things stand right now?

Lamont: “This is as exciting as it gets. We’ve got the machine cooled, the access controlled and all the people out. We’re going to start things today for a preliminary injection test tomorrow, and there’s a pit in your stomach from the excitement.”

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Feature - Data transmission

 STAR of the show

Without the need to connect remotely to Brookhaven National Laboratory from all the way across the world to get analysis data, collaborating scientists in Prague can now do their analysis at lightning speed, thanks to their new local Tier2 site.

In an experiment called STAR . . .

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Feature - Profile

 Youngest-ever at grid summer school?

This summer, OGF (Open Grid Forum) welcomed someone who was possibly the youngest delegate in their history, at a grid standards conference held in June in Barcelona, Spain.

We caught up with 15-year-old Iris Schott to hear how she got interested in grids and what else she has been doing . . . 

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Link of the week

/LHC at home

Analyzing the 15 million gigabytes of data from the Large Hadron Collider is not just for the big guys. 

The public can participate too, by using a screen-saver program that uses your computer's idle time to work on a piece of the project. By downloading LHC@ home, you, too, can  simulate a particle traveling round-and-round the 27-kilometer ring.

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Image of the week

Go ask ALICE

For the really, really, big picture of the thing known as A Large Ion Collider Experiment, or ALICE . . .  

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