Take the Challenge!

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As part of their 60th anniversary celebrations, the folks over at CERN are holding a particle simulation challenge.

Using nothing more than a laptop and a browser, you can simulate particle collisions in the Large Hadron Collider at CERN.

You can find out more and join here: http://test4theory.cern.ch/challenge/

From their website:

The CERN 60 Public Computing Challenge is a 12-day event, where we invite volunteers around the world to help us compute simulations of particle collisions in the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) and other particle accelerators that have been active around the world during the 60 years of CERN’s history.

They’ve set themselves an initial target of 10,000,000 events /sec.

There’s a neat progress bar on the website where you can monitor over-all progress.

As I’m writing this, they’ve already reached 48,000 events per second with 283 people connected.

I’ve downloaded the simulator—they use a linux micro-kernel—and it’s spinning up now. Very smooth delivery and no issues so far.

By the way, one of the advantages of joining the challenge is that you will be all set for the new particle simulation game “Virtual Atom Smasher”, which is due out from CERN soon. With VAS, you’ll be doing real physics. You’ll able to adjust the parameters of a simulation “tuning”, just as a scientist at CERN might do.

Happy atom smashing!

ps. Don’t miss the CERN Timeline on the challenge page!

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