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LHC produces huge amounts of data at lighting speeds and had the project gave birth to one of the biggest computer grids on the planet. The output from the collisions that occur in the LHC is fed into the grid to be stored for later analysis.

"LHC uses only 10-15 percent of the total CPU power dedicated to the data", said CERN's Wolfgang von Rueden. "LHC produces too much data that we can possibly store, so removing unnecessary data is most important", he said. LHC has about 2,000 CPUs at each of the four detectors which filter interesting collisions out.

The networks at LHC are extremely fast. The CPU's help filter the data which reduces it from 1 Petabyte (PB) a second to a GigaByte per second which is transferred from the detectors to the main facility via a dedicated 10Gbps connection. Once the data is transferred it is stored on tape storage. "We have about 50PB of tape storage and is handled by a set of robotic storage hardware". He said that the disk was almost full and they had recently scaled up to another 20 PB. Mind you 1 Petabyte = 1,000,000 Gigabytes!

http://itgrunts.com/2010/08/30/50000...dron-collider/

The sad thing is, that's only about 1/10th of all the porn that's out there right now.
And... it just became 1/15th

Still.. impressive nonetheless, albeit terrifying.
 

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would it have been so hard for the article to just say 50,000 TB?
Or 50 PB
 

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yeah, I have one of those things in my back yard. They're pretty cool for when I'm bored.
 
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But 50,000,000 sounds so epic!

And it is man, lets not downplay the tremendous waste of money, er I mean, important research that has occurred!

It might be groundbreaking - we just don't know yet. The collected data has to be processed first.

In all likeliness, we'll learn something very useful - at the very least, if nothing special is found, it'll show that current theories are off in some respect, because they predict something special.
 

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I wonder what they mean by tape storage, that is what I find most interesting.

Magnetic tape drives. Still very useful for large caches of data like this.
IBM showed off 1.5 TB tape drives awhile ago.
 

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But 50,000,000 sounds so epic!

And it is man, lets not downplay the tremendous waste of money, er I mean, important research that has occurred!

I love your candy reviews, and all your posts seem highly reasonable/logical. Which is why I can't overestimate how much this post disappointed me.
 

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I love your candy reviews, and all your posts seem highly reasonable/logical. Which is why I can't overestimate how much this post disappointed me.

Bahaha!
Call it a lapse in judgment if you will


I'm still waiting to see what exactly will result from this, I don't really believe in all that black hole hooey, but let's just say I'm reserving judgment till all the facts are in.
 

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would it have been so hard for the article to just say 50,000 TB?
Or 50 PB

Because the average person does not even know what a petabyte is?


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there is not enough storage in the observable universe to contain tEh Pr0n

Then how, pray tell, is it in existence, if it cannot be stored?
 

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Bahaha!
Call it a lapse in judgment if you will


I'm still waiting to see what exactly will result from this, I don't really believe in all that black hole hooey, but let's just say I'm reserving judgment till all the facts are in.

That's better
 
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