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Cern warns of ‘computing mountain’ still to climb

Cern, the European particle physics centre near Geneva, has said that it and other large-scale projects will face “major ICT challenges” in the next few years.

Planned upgrades for the Large Hadron Collider—Cern’s flagship particle accelerator—and similar big-data programmes in other research projects are set to cause “hugely increased ICT demands”, the organisation warned on 20 September.

The warning came alongside the publication of a paper by Cern Openlab, a public-private partnership between Cern and several large ICT companies and universities, setting out the 16 biggest ICT challenges facing big science projects.

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