CERN 50th anniversary reception
Tue 26 Oct 2004
The great and the good from the UK particle physics community were out in force earlier this month, at a PPARC sponsored reception to celebrate CERN's 50th birthday. The event at the Treasury saw (short) speeches from Dr Robert Aymar (CERN's Director General), Professor Ian Halliday (PPARC CEO), Peter Warry (Chairman of the PPARC Council) and Lord Sainsbury, the Science Minister. Tim Berners-Lee was also present via video link-up, to talk about the early days of the web at CERN. GridPP was represented at the event by Steve Lloyd, Robin Middleton and Sarah Pearce.
Dr Aymar paid tribute in his speech to the UK's contribution to LCG, saying:
"CERN is relying on Grid technology - the seamless sharing of computer power and data storage capacity around the globe - to handle the unprecedented amounts of data that will be produced by the LHC. To give you an idea of how much data this is, one year's production corresponds to a pile of CD-ROMs 20km high.
"This is why CERN launched the LHC Computing Grid project (LCG) two years ago. I am pleased to say that this Grid is currently the largest of its kind on the planet, as you can read in this week's Economist, under the title "one Grid to rule them all". The UK's commitment to LCG, through the GridPP project, was above and beyond the call of duty, emphasizing the proactive role that the UK has taken in European science in recent years."
Lord Sainsbury, Ian Halliday, Robert Aymar and Peter Warry chat about GridPP (possibly)
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