Today, the organization, which was the birthplace of the World Wide Web, is assessing the potential of the cloud to make its research IT infrastructure more scalable and economical to operate.

Since 2008, scientists from around the globe have been using the largest and most powerful particle accelerator in the world, CERN s Large Hadron Collider LHC , to create conditions similar to the Big Bang, and from their studies, gain a better understanding of how our universe works.

Just four years after the LHC was inaugurated, researchers discovered the Higgs boson, previously the last unverified piece of what is known as the Standard Model of particle physics.

Over the coming years, this analysis will require more computing power and storage capacity than CERN s data centers—and budget—can currently handle.

CERN s Data Centre including its remote extension in Budapest, Hungary provides 250 petabytes of disk storage space and around 200,000 computing cores.

Analysis of the physics data is made possible by a global network of more than 170 computer centers known as the Worldwide LHC Computing Grid.

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