Large Hadron Collider Computing Grid (LCG) to turn desktop PCs into supercomputers

The Cern facility has been intimately involved in the development of computing and the internet. BBC science and technology reporter Jonathan Fildes explains why.

In 1989 a computer scientist sat at his desk in a laboratory on the French-Swiss border and changed the world.

He invented a computer system to allow jobbing physicists working on a newly built particle accelerator to easily swap data amongst themselves.

The system quickly morphed, exploding into what is known as the world wide web.

Now a team at the Cern laboratory is at it again. This time, however, rather than just allowing scientists to share information, they have built a system that will also allow them to share computer power.

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