Software AG helps CERN ramp up Large Hadron Collider for 2015

Software AG has provided a new platform for CERN, the European Organisation for Nuclear Research, to monitor the Large Hadron Collider following a major upgrade.

CERN physicists and engineers are preparing to resume research early in 2015 following a major program of maintenance and upgrading to prepare the Large Hadron Collider to run at almost double the energy.

This will enable researchers to open a new chapter in probing the underpinning structure of the universe in search of the basic constituents of matter and to gain insights into the fundamental laws of nature.

Software AG's in-memory data management software BigMemory, has helped provide support system availability since the launch of Control and Monitoring Platform (C2MON).

C2MON provides real-time information concerning the multiple support systems that maintain an optimal operating environment for the LHC.

Terracotta BigMemory helps engineers gather, analyse and act on Sensor Data.

CERN must ensure that nothing compromises the efficacy of the LHC and monitor a non-stop stream of massive amounts of data produced from more than 94,000 sensors creating over 1.5 million non-redundant events per day.

Using Software AG's Terracotta In-Memory Data Management platform engineers and operators can receive, analyse and act in real-time on the sensor data.

Everything from the power supply, temperature levels, airlocks' status, ventilation systems, and many other key systems are continuously monitored to sustain better than 99.99984 percent C2MON availability (which translates into less than one second a week downtime). CERN software engineer, Matthias Brager, said there was little room for error and that system availability was a critical factor that could determine success of failure.

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"Giving engineers and operators up-to-date information, in real-time and without interruption means that if and when the smallest deviation occurs, they can act upon it immediately and avoid any unintended consequences."

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Brian Karlovsky

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