With the news that the CERN data center has recorded over 100 petabytes of physics data over the last 20 years, you may be wondering how on Earth all of this gets analyzed. The answer: The Worldwide LHC Computing Grid, or 'WLCG' for short.
Launched in 2002, the WLCG is a global collaboration of more than 170 computing centres in 36 countries, linking up national and international grid infrastructures. You can watch data being shared using the WLCG in real time, using the aptly named 'Real Time Monitor' (below), which also displays information from the European Grid Infrastructure:
Alternatively, you can look at data transfer on the WLCG using the Google Earth Dashboard:
- Andrew Purcell