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Issue 88: iSGTW 20 August 2008

People behind the LHC grid: Jamie Shiers

Jamie Shiers is part of grid support for the Large Hadron Collider, and has been working on the LHC for 16 of his 25 years at CERN. Dressed in sneakers and jeans, and looking tan after a recent grid conference in Brazil, he talked with iSGTW at CERN’s Restaurant 1.

iSGTW: Do you remember when you first started on the LHC?

JS: I can look at my calendar and find the exact week. It was in September 1992, at the same conference in which we discussed the uses of the World Wide Web, applications, and object oriented computing. So, it was from very early days.

iSGTW: What first got you interested in physics?

JS: It could be something in the genes, I suppose. I and two of my three brothers  became physicists—and we’ve all passed through CERN. 

For me, what helped to get me hooked was a book about physics, called “Mister Tompkins in Wonderland,” that I read at age 14 or 15, by George Gamow – a Russian physicist who worked with Niels Bohr. He wrote about a world in which light was slowed down enough that you could see the effects of relativity. It was a great book that turned me on to physics . . . that, and the old UK cult sci-fi “Dr Who” television series.

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Feature - Geology


A mysterious world of complex geological processes lies hidden beneath the earth’s crust and produces the amazing topographic features on the surface. To better understand these hidden processes, scientists must probe the earth’s surface for clues of what goes on underneath.

To do this, geoscientists use lasers to scan earth’s surface and a project called GEON. 

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Feature - Data handling

 BNL takes a cue from nuclear physics

Even though real data from the Large Hadron Collider has yet to touch the Grid, scientists at Brookhaven National Laboratory’s ATLAS Tier 1 center already have their hands dirty. Working on a daily basis with the Relativistic Heavy Ion Collider, the almost 40 staff members at BNL are no strangers to storing and distributing large amounts of data.

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Link of the week

/Watching the clock

How much time until the official moment when the Large Hadron Collider is turned on?

How many days or hours or minutes are left?

If you get confused, you can now go to a clock that counts down to the LHC startup.


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Image of the week

One view of the LHC

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Special Announcement - iSGTW on Holiday

Video of the Week - Learn about LiDAR


NeHC launches social media

PRACE announces third Tier-0 machine

iRODS 2011 User Group Meeting

Jobs in distributed computing


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December 2010

13-18, AGU Fall Meeting

14-16, UCC 2010

17, ICETI 2011 and ICSIT 2011

24, Abstract Submission deadline, EGI User Forum


January 2011

11, HPCS 2011 Submission Deadline

11, SPCloud 2011

22, ALENEX11

30 Jan – 3 Feb, ESCC/Internet2


February 2011

1 - 4, GlobusWorld '11

2, Lift 11

15 - 16, Cloudscape III

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