TeraGrid simulates Large Hadron Collider events

CERN LogoVia NCSA News, Supercomputing Online:

A team of physicists from CALTECH and UCSD are using TeraGrid, on of the largest Grids in the world dedicated exclusively for scientific applications, to simulate possible events detected by the CMS-detector (Compact Muon Solenoid) of the Large Hadron Collider at CERN.

The team will search for decay-events of the (in)famous Higgs-Boson, the last yet-to-be-discovered elementary particle which was predicted by the Standard Model of particle physics. To differentiate between real Higgs-Boson-decaying events and other events they started a simulation on the TeraGrid to find out what the potential data would look like when the LHC is commissioned.
The team already used a million-CPU-hours so far; the results were incorporated into the 2006 CMS Physics Technical Design Report.

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