Geneva Digital Atlas

Cloud Computing

Since 2008, the largest particle accelerator in the world – the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) – has been working tirelessly underground across the Switzerland-France border, helping scientists at the European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN) in their efforts to crack the secret of the universe. 

The scale and complexity of data generated by the LHC require tremendous processing power and storage. How do CERN scientists analyse its data and share the results seamlessly with collaborators across the world?

Cloud (distributed) computing, the backbone of this exercise, offers access to their data and services from devices anywhere with an internet connection. The technology allows CERN to move data stored on hard disks to remote server farms and perform complex computations beyond the capacity of a single laptop. With this comes the possibility for individuals to develop AI models and useful software. Find out how the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) and the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC) provide technical overview and service agreement standards for distributed platforms.