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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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By jzietman on 2/7/2006 10:46:52 PM , Rating: 2
mathematically, not colloquially, and i'm sure the scientists use mathematical terminology, one trillion = 1000 * 1000000000 (one thousand times one billion, which is one thousand times a million, which is one thousand times one thousand times one thousand).

one trillion = 10^12. 10^18 = one thousand x one thousand x one trillion = one thousand x one quadrillion = one quintillion.

these are the mathematically correct and accepted terms, no matter what people say about one billion being a millin millions (that's ridiculous, a million millions = 10^6 x 10^6 = 10^12 - one trillion)




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