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Image of the week - The Grid takes particle physics everywhere

Image courtesy of Fermilab.

You never know where you'll find a passion for physics.

So begins the text of this 2003 poster by graphic designer Kyle Romberg and Fermilab. It was part of a series produced to publicize the grid at the Lepton-Photon conference that year.

Five years ago the grid was considerably newer and this poster and its sisters attracted attention. In fact the Department of Energy and the National Science Foundation liked them so well, they used them later for grid-related events.

"They made everyone smile," says Judy Jackson, who was involved in their creation. "Physicists who had never heard of the grid before expressed interest. The posters helped us explain an unfamilar concept."

For those of you dying to know, here's the Poster text:

Exploring the science of the universe engages the minds and imaginations of people everywhere. Yet historically, only a handful of high-tech laboratories and universities have provided vital access to the extraordinary computing power required for solving the complex problems of particle physics research.

Now the Grid has the potential to put the power of the world's computing capacity at the fingertips of everyone with a laptop computer. Grid technology pools computing power over the Internet, linking and managing global computing resources for solving the challenging computer problems of particle physics research. Supported by the National Science Foundation and the Department of Energy's Office of Science, U.S. scientists are collaborating with colleagues around the world to develop the software, the infrastructure and the standards to make the Grid a reality.

The Grid can bring the physics of the universe within the reach of people everywhere-to students and teachers in schools and universities, to researchers and scientific collaborations, connecting people and particle physics in every corner of the globe.

The Grid-Computing the Universe From Quarks to the Cosmos.

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