CERN, the world’s leading particle research laboratory, is researching the origins of our universe. It is also the organisation where the Web was born, and it is at the origin of many other advances in many different areas. CERN operates the largest machine that was ever built by humankind – the Large Hadron Collider. As you can imagine, operating a huge accelerator infrastructure requires a strong computing backbone, for instance to provide control systems, for physics data analysis, or to support the organisation’s business processes.
This talk takes you on a discovery tour of CERN, depicts the highlights of the organisation’s infrastructure, explains the concept of particle accelerators and walks you through the most important aspects of IT as it is in use at CERN. You will get an idea of CERN’s current scientific challenges, and we will touch on questions of why fundamental research is important. Furthermore, on a more practical level, you will see the role the programming language Java has been playing ever since it appeared for the first time in the mid-90s.
prerequisite attendee experience level: beginner