Physicist Alexx Perloff, a graduate student at Texas A&M University working on the Compact Muon Solenoid (CMS) experiment, is using data from the first run of the Large Hadron Collider for his thesis, which he plans to complete this year. When all is said and done, it will have taken Perloff a year and a half to collect the computing time necessary to analyze all the information he needs — not unusual for a thesis.
But had he had the computing tools LHC scientists are using now, he estimates he could have finished his particular kind of analysis in about three weeks — the equivalent of having 26 times the computing resources. Although Perloff represents only one scientist working on the LHC, his experience shows the great leaps scientists have made in LHC computing by democratizing their data, becoming more responsive to popular demand and improving their analysis software.
Read a Battalion feature highlighting Perloff’s work and Texas A&M’s role in CMS.
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Contact: Shana K. Hutchins, (979) 862-1237 or firstname.lastname@example.org; Alexx Perloff, email@example.com; or Dr. Ricardo Eusebi, (979) 458-7907 or firstname.lastname@example.org
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