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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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Waiting
By fishbits on 2/7/2006 12:10:10 PM , Rating: 2
Waiting for Sony to issue a press release claiming each PS3 will be 1,000 times more powerful.




RE: Waiting
By kattanna on 2/7/2006 12:38:55 PM , Rating: 2
or someone in five years to sue them due to patent infringement

;>)



RE: Waiting
By beemercer on 2/10/2006 7:44:03 PM , Rating: 3
But the PS3 is.


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