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Computing in high energy physics Oct. 19

October 16, 2009

Ken Bloom, associate professor of physics and astronomy at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, collaborates on experiments at Fermilab and the Large Hadron Collider, facilities that run experiments on high energy physics. Bloom will be at CSU on Monday, Oct. 19 to discuss how vital the computation of data has become in the field of high energy physics.

Bloom collaborates on experiments with the Compact Muon Solenoid, one of two large general-purpose particle physics detectors built on the proton-proton Large Hadron Collider.

Monday, Oct. 19, 4 p.m.
Engineering Building
Hammond Auditorium, AR 120

Ken Bloom, associate professor of physics and astronomy with the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, will give a physics colloquium on Monday, Oct. 19 on, "Computing in High Energy Physics in the context of the Compact Muon Solenoid experiment at the Large Hadron Collider."

Bloom presenter in CHEP

"When I was a young postdoc some years ago," Bloom says, "I learned that there was a conference series called 'Computing in High Energy Physics.' The first thought that popped into my head was, 'Shoot me if I ever go there.'

"But sure enough, there I was presenting at CHEP in 2007. What happened in between? Computing has become an integral part of particle physics experiments. The amount of data recorded, the volume of data processing that must take place, and the number of people who will access the data has grown to such a scale that computing systems require careful design and operational attention."

New technologies for computing 

Fortunately, new technologies have emerged that make these problems easier to address. I will discuss these issues in the context of the Compact Muon Solenoid experiment at the Large Hadron Collider, with a focus on the physics issues that drive the computing needs, and the role of the computing cluster operated by UNL in the experiment. 

About Ken Bloom

Ken Bloom is an associate professor in physics and astronomy at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. He holds an AB from The University of Chicago, and M.S. and Ph.D. degrees from Cornell University, and then was a postdoctoral researcher at The Johns Hopkins University and the University of Michigan before coming to UNL in 2004. 

He currently collaborates on the D0 experiment at the Fermilab Tevatron and the CMS experiment at CERN’s Large Hadron Collider. On CMS, he is the program manager for US CMS Tier-2 Computing Facilities and co-coordinator of CMS-wide Tier-2 computing activities. His physics interests include the properties of the top quark and open-minded approaches to new phenomena beyond the standard model.

He holds a CAREER grant from the National Science Foundation.

Sponsored by the Colorado State University Physics Department.

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