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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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Ebps video processor!
By oupei on 2/7/2006 12:14:08 PM , Rating: 2
the confusion can be avoided if we refer to it as an Exa-bit per second processor.

personally, i think if you're gonna publish the news article in english, you should use the short scale, as all english-speaking nations use short scale, according to wikipedia.

RE: Ebps video processor!
By oTAL on 2/7/2006 2:01:55 PM , Rating: 2
Hmmm... I prefer the long-scale.... but that's what we use in Portugal. A dude from britain commented above that they use the long-scale too, but he maight have been wrong (he said a billion is a million millions).

RE: Ebps video processor!
By Griswold on 2/7/2006 2:18:08 PM , Rating: 1
He was right, a billion is a million millions in long scale and the brits officially used long scale until 2005.

RE: Ebps video processor!
By timmiser on 2/7/2006 7:06:27 PM , Rating: 2
Are you saying that the Brits don't use long scale after 2005? I didn't realize they changed.

RE: Ebps video processor!
By Griswold on 2/7/2006 2:13:32 PM , Rating: 1
All english speaking nations... let's see, thats what, like two? USA and since last year, the UK.

RE: Ebps video processor!
By The Cheeba on 2/7/2006 2:58:22 PM , Rating: 3
Australia and Canada are not really countries.


RE: Ebps video processor!
By NullSubroutine on 2/7/2006 6:28:13 PM , Rating: 2
nor is india

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