Wednesday, October 31, 2007

You too can do particle physics

This is just a heads-up for folks who are interested in particle physics and/or highly-distributed computing projects, like the well-known SETI@home.

You too can do particle physics
Public involvement in the Large Hadron Collider, a particle accelerator being built in Switzerland, has received a boost with the relaunch of the LHC@home project, which allows users to donate computer time for LHC computing projects.

Researchers hope the project will help them fine-tune the LHC to shed light on what dark matter is and why particles have mass.

More: here

As most readers undoubtedly know, there are quite a few distributed computing projects of this sort, in which anyone can participate. Examples include projects dealing with climate prediction, gravitational waves, protein folding, and Mersenne primes.

For more information, see the Wikipedia articles on distributed computing and the list of distributed computing projects.

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