Wednesday, 29 January 2014

Release from Wits press office: SA readies for big data storm

Erna van Wyk has written a nice report of the opening day of the workshop:

Tuesday, 28 January 2014

Photo of Peter Jenni with the Wits High Energy Physics group

Below is a picture of Peter Jenni with member of the Wits High Energy Physics group. Prof. John Carter, the Head of the School of Physics, is also in the photo. Missing in the picture are Oana, Itumeleng, Pablo, Rudolph, Trevor, Kieran and Reto.

The High-performance Signal and Data Processing workshop took off on Monday January 27th. The workshop puts together astronomy, astro- and particle physics to address common issues pertaining to the Big Data problem. Attendance has been very nice with over 135 people registered, out of which 60 are students from different parts of the country. Below is the workshop picture:

Tomorrow start the hands-on sessions with FPGA-based electronics.

Monday, 20 January 2014

Herwig Schopper, former CERN Director General, addresses the LHeC workshop. Impressive!

Herwig chairs the LHeC International Advisory Committee.

The LHeC workshop has started. This is the fourth edition and the best attended so far. In the photo one can see Sergio Bertolucci, the Director of Research and Scientific Computing at CERN, addressing the workshop.

Tuesday, 14 January 2014

LHeC workshop to take place January 20-21st in Chavannes-de-Bogis, Switzerland

The 2014 LHeC workshop follows the publication of its conceptual design report (CDR) and the discovery of the Higgs boson in 2012. Recent LHeC progress concerns the study of the increase of its luminosity to 10^34cm-2s-1, the choice of the frequency of 802 MHz as well as the design towards an energy recovery test facility with up to 1 GeV of electron beam energy. The workshop will discuss progress on the LHeC physics (Higgs, top, heavy ions etc) in conjunction with the evolution and simulation of the detector design. It will consider maximising the ep luminosity in synchronous ep and pp operation at the LHC, including a heavy ion programme, and progress in the design of the ERL test facility at CERN. Very recent developments towards a future multi-TeV proton accelerator at CERN open prospects for ep/eA experimentation at yet enlarged energy. The workshop is open for contributions on the various aspects of the LHeC development and its relation to the LHC. It is prepared by an organising committee in collaboration with the working group convenors and an international advisory committee.