[kwlug-disc] Linux Played a Crucial Role in Discovery of Higgs boson

L.D. Paniak ldpaniak at fourpisolutions.com
Thu Jul 5 14:55:18 EDT 2012

Particle physics researchers have always been strong supporters of FOSS
because of the need for flexibility, performance and reliability in
computing and networking at the bleeding edge.

For serious academic computation, Linux is far and away the leading
choice of operating system.  And its share of the "market" grows over

Head over to the Top500 site where the supercomputers of the world are
ranked.  On the stats page you can view characteristics of the systems
over time:


Choose "Operating System Family" in Category and either performance or
systems share.  


On Thu, 2012-07-05 at 14:30 -0400, Ryan McGreal wrote:
> "I want to mention how Linux (specifically, Scientific Linux and Ubuntu)
> had a vital role in the discovery of the new boson at CERN. We use it
> every day in our analyses, together with hosts of open software, such as
> ROOT, and it plays a major role in the running of our networks of
> computers (in the grid etc.) used for the intensive work in our
> calculations.
> "Yesterday's extremely important discovery has given us new information
> about how reality works at a very fundamental level and this is one
> physicist throwing Linux some love."
> http://www.ubuntuvibes.com/2012/07/linux-played-crucial-role-in-discovery.html
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