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Bring physics home

LHC@home 2.0 aims to bring the world’s largest particle accelerator into your home. The platform – an extension of the already successful LHC@home – allows volunteers to connect to CERN-based research projects simply by donating their extra computing power. The project Test4Theory, for example, simulates high-energy particle collisions which scientists can compare to real-life collisions, such as those occurring in the Large Hadron Collider (LHC).

“My dream is to be able to establish a ‘virtual LHC’, which would require being able to generate 40 million events per second, as much as the real LHC, running at full steam,“ says Peter Skands, the lead scientist behind Test4Theory. “We estimate that it would take somewhere between 10 000 and 100 000 connected computers to achieve this, a combined amount of computing power that we have only faintly begun to imagine, since we started working with LHC@home 2.0. With the enthusiasm we have seen in the public so far, there definitely appears to be awesome possibilities for what we can do with this platform”

Would you like to know more? Read our iSGTWs articles on LHC@Home.

Would you like to simulate your own collisions in a virtual atom smasher? Visit Test4Theory