One example of Brookhaven’s computing expertise is the RHIC & ATLAS Computing Facility (RACF). Formed in 1997 to support experiments at RHIC, Brookhaven’s flagship particle collider for nuclear physics research, the RACF is now at the center of a global computing network connecting more than 2,500 researchers around the world with the data from RHIC and the ATLAS experiment at the Large Hadron Collider in Europe. This world-class center houses an ever-expanding farm of computing cores (50,000 as of 2015), receiving data from the millions of particle collisions that take place each second at RHIC, along with petabytes of data generated by the LHC’s ATLAS experiment—storing, processing, and distributing that data to and running analysis jobs for collaborators around the nation and the world. The success of this distributed approach to data-intensive computing, combined with new approaches for handling data-rich simulations, has helped establish the U.S. as a leader in high-capacity computing, thereby enhancing international competitiveness.
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