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Cross section of the 14 TeV ATLAS detector relying on the UW processor - Courtesy CERN
What good is a particle accelerator if you can't take pictures?

Come this April, CERN will get another weapon in the search for the infamous Higgs-Boson particle.  When particles collide in a particle accelerator, the collision occurs so briefly that scientists can only infer what takes place during the collision by analyzing the remaining components left afterwards.  Analyzing that data on the fly takes a lot of calculations, and the University of Wisconsin-Madison has just the solution; a $6M USD grid array processor that can analyze a trillion bits per second. 

The "Regional Calorimeter Trigger" will have the most throughput of any single application processor array to date when it is installed in CERN's Large Hadron Collider this April.  The project took almost a decade to complete with dozens of test trials across various particle accelerations all over the world.





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Title is using the wrong "Trillion"
By Guuts on 2/7/2006 5:27:44 AM , Rating: 2
Should be the unit "trillion," not the name of the multi-IM program, "Trillian."




RE: Title is using the wrong "Trillion"
By The Cheeba on 2/7/2006 5:46:16 AM , Rating: 2
But which one sounds better? mmm... Trillian bits....

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Trillian_%28character...

Cheeb.


By Clauzii on 2/7/2006 12:55:35 PM , Rating: 1
LOL - Blown to Trillian bits...:)


By tarv on 2/7/2006 12:23:03 PM , Rating: 3
Whew, I thought this was kutagari hyping the PS3.


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