The Large Hadron Collider (LHC) is the world’s largest and most powerful particle accelerator. It’s a 17-mile long circular tube that’s buried 175 meters below the French-Swiss border near Geneva.
It’s common knowledge that the facility has been resounding success from a scientific perspective. But the LHC is also a computing miracle.
In its first 12 months of operation, the LHC produced more than 50 petabytes of data. The team needed 170 computing centers across 42 countries to analyze it all in a timely manner. It is the largest distributed computing grid in the world.
Linux runs both the LHC itself and the associated data centers. To be more precise, the LHC uses a modified version of Scientific Linux.
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