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Presentation: Tackling Computing Challenges @CERN

Track: Architectures You've Always Wondered About

Location: Broadway Ballroom North, 6th fl.

Duration: 2:55pm - 3:45pm

Day of week: Monday

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The Large Hadron Collider (LHC) at CERN is the world's most powerful particle accelerator and is one of the largest and most complicated machines ever built. The LHC has been vital in helping physicists make new discoveries such as the Higgs boson in 2012. Today, the Worldwide LHC Computing Grid regularly operates a million processor cores and nearly an exabyte of disk storage. By 2026, the successor to LHC will require 50-100 times more computing capacity and will store multiple exabytes per year.  

In this talk, I will discuss the current challenges of capturing, storing, and processing the large volumes of data generated by the LHC experiments. I will also discuss our ongoing research program at CERN openlab to explore alternative approaches, including the use of commercial clouds as well as alternative computing architectures, advanced data analytics, and deep learning.  

You will learn how a highly data-intensive organization can effectively take advantage of future computing improvements in both hardware and software. You will also gain some interesting insights into modern high energy physics.

Speaker: Maria Girone

CTO @CERNopenlab

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Proposed Tracks

  • Trouble-Shooting in Production

  • Disrupting Technology on Wall Street

  • Resilience vs Failure in Architecture

  • The Weeds of Distributed File Systems

  • Organizational Agility

  • Product & Customer Focused Teams

  • Just Culture (Blameless Culture)

  • Modern CS in the Real World

  • Architectures You’ve Always Wondered About

  • Machine Learning and AI in the New Decade

  • Evolving Java - Including K8s/Containers, Kotlin and Impact on AOT

  • Ethical Considerations in Software

  • Microservices and Scalability

  • Container Slinging

  • Native Compilation Is Back (A Look at Non-Vm Compilation Targets)