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phrostbyte
December 9th, 2009, 03:58 AM
Apparently the CERN Large Hadron Collider, the biggest particle accelerator ever built by an order of magnitude, is controlled and it's output analyzed by computers running the Linux operating system. :)
http://blogs.computerworld.com/15202/high_energy_linux_linux_the_large_hadron_collider

It's worth noting that CERN develops in collaboration with Fermilab (the US particle physics agency), a distribution of Linux called Scientific Linux (https://www.scientificlinux.org/), specifically designed for scientific computing.

mehaga
December 9th, 2009, 04:07 AM
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Regenweald
December 9th, 2009, 04:07 AM
I don't know.....The Hadron Collider is powered by.....wait for it......an operating system.
Linux runs on everything and their grandpa. It's definitely more practical for scientific and industrial use since rather than an entire OS, organizations can create appliances specific to a smaller task set.

good piece of news though.

hoppipolla
December 9th, 2009, 04:09 AM
haha awesome!

This thing still scares me a little... but I'm sure it will lead to more great discoveries than erm... than to destruction! xD

phrostbyte
December 9th, 2009, 04:17 AM
I don't know.....The Hadron Collider is powered by.....wait for it......an operating system.
Linux runs on everything and their grandpa. It's definitely more practical for scientific and industrial use since rather than an entire OS, organizations can create appliances specific to a smaller task set.

good piece of news though.

There is also a very wide amount of scientific software, some of it even sponsored (paid for) by agency like CERN and NSF. Since there is no real reason to close and hide the source, almost all of it is open source. :)

Actually the first web browser was open source, sponsored by CERN. :)

Regenweald
December 9th, 2009, 04:59 AM
There is also a very wide amount of scientific software, some of it even sponsored (paid for) by agency like CERN and NSF. Since there is no real reason to close and hide the source, almost all of it is open source. :)

Actually the first web browser was open source, sponsored by CERN. :)

That is cool :)

I think the OSS development model is picking up real momentum especially in Scientific circles and spreading like wildfire across the proprietary world. Quite a few notable proprietary vendors now have vested interests in opensource projects, which makes sense. You potentially get a much larger development and testing base for a fraction of the cost. Makes definite sense in a boardroom ;)

wmcbrine
December 9th, 2009, 07:23 AM
The LHC won't bring Armageddon, but when I think of global destruction + Linux, I think of this:

http://www.ubergeek.tv/article.php?pid=54

:D

Kdar
December 9th, 2009, 07:46 AM
Awesome news!!!

toupeiro
December 9th, 2009, 07:50 AM
meh.. Microwaves can move particles too, and make popcorn!

mmmmmmm popcorn.....:popcorn:

hoppipolla
December 9th, 2009, 07:59 AM
meh.. Microwaves can move particles too, and make popcorn!

mmmmmmm popcorn.....:popcorn:

rofl, fair enough!

I don't think the LHC can even make popcorn! :D

The Toxic Mite
December 9th, 2009, 08:13 AM
Wow! I never knew Linux was to be used to smash OVER9000!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!11!!!!111!11!!one!!!1!!11 !"!!1!!111!!11!!11!1!11!11!eleven!!!! particles together!

xD

Crunchy the Headcrab
December 9th, 2009, 08:15 AM
The LHC won't bring Armageddon, but when I think of global destruction + Linux, I think of this:

http://www.ubergeek.tv/article.php?pid=54

:D
Dude, that is freaking legendary!

armageddon08
December 9th, 2009, 08:33 AM
Yes. I'm powered by Linux!! ;)

ElSlunko
December 9th, 2009, 08:38 AM
Yes. I'm powered by Linux!! ;)

Ha!