Midwest Growing Hub for HPC, Big Data

July 11, 2012

With the announcement of a new particle discovery from the Large Hadron Collider (LHC), quite possibly the long-sought Higgs boson, we get a glimpse at how advanced networking combines with High Performance Computing (HPC) in the midwest to form a critical point for discovery and data dissemination.

The LHC's CMS experiment's massive data sets flow into the U.S. through 10 Gb/s trans-Atlantic network links from the LHC at CERN to the Starlight high-performance network exchange facility in Chicago. From there, it is processed by thousands of cores at Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory in Batavia, IL, before being stored in large-scale storage systems. Leveraging advanced networks, such as ESnet and Internet2, the data is transferred to more than 1700 U.S. scientists at 94 institutions for further analysis. The midwest is leveraging its HPC, supercomputing and advanced networking expertise to continue to build momentum tackling Big Data challenges.

The midwest has long had a strong foundation providing supercomputing and HPC expertise to support world-class research.

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