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Issue 91: iSGTW 10 September 2008

Editorial - Beam day

Today, after more than a decade of meticulous preparation in the high-energy physics world—in theoretical frameworks, detector research and development, site construction, data simulations, analysis software, distributed computing infrastructures, networks and more—CERN’s Large Hadron Collider proton beam turns on and will begin circulating through its entire 27-km length.

International Science Grid This Week congratulates the scientists, engineers, technicians, software developers, managers, coordinators, students, secretaries and all the other hard-working, talented and dedicated participants whose effort made this happen. The sheer volume of data that the LHC experiments will need to process became the driving force for developing the World-wide LHC Grid (wLCG), and hence Enabling Grids for E-SciencE (EGEE) in Europe and Open Science Grid in the United States. iSGTW celebrates with them, and thanks them, as this publication is an offspring of that collaboration.

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Feature - Podcasting from Beam Day

 Live (almost) video from the startup!

Up-to-the-moment podcast interviews from the control rooms of the experiments, as the events occur.

Hear what physicists, engineers, computer scientists have to say from ALICE, ATLAS, CMS as the countdown to the startup goes from the final days to the final hours to the final minutesand the final seconds.

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Feature - Profile

 Behind the grid:  Wesley Smith

His job?

To throw away 99.999 percent of what the detectors find.

Looking for rare and elusive particles is like looking for a needle in a haystack, only with multiple haystacks. So, Smith says he wants to remove as much hay as possible, without losing any needles . . .

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Link of the week

/What's goin’ on . . .

We all know about the event at CERN, but what else is happening to mark this event?

That is where LHC First Beam Events comes inand you can find out about things such as Fermilab’s "Pajama Party," where it was 2:00 in the morning in Batavia, Illinois, when the LHC fired up.

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Image of the week


In ancient Greek mythology, Atlas supported the Earth. At CERN, ATLAS stands for “A Toroidal LHC ApparatuS,” and its job is equally big, requiring a really big picture to take it all in . . .  

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Feature – Army of Women allies with CaBIG for online longitudinal studies

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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