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Additional safety features being added to the world's largest atom smasher will postpone its startup until the end of September, a year after the $10 billion machine was sidelined by a simple electrical fault, the operator said Tuesday. The cost of the repairs and added safety features has yet to be determined, but it will be covered by the regular budget of the European Organization for Nuclear Research, spokesperson Christine Sutton said.
While repairs are going on at CERN, those of us thousands of "crunchers" attached to the LHC@home project via BOINC software continue to run the simulations of 100,000 turns and 1,000,000 turns coming out of the project.
While the repairs are ongoing, there is still plenty of work going on at CERN, and there is plenty of work at LHC@home. We could use many more crunchers.
I urge everyone to visit http://boinc.berkeley.edu
install the BOINC agent and attach to the LHC@home project.
For those who do not know, BOINC uses the idle cycle time of your computer(s) to process small data jobs, called Work Units. For those unfamiliar with what we do, we have saved the projects' lab scientists literally thousands of hours, days, years, of laboratory work.
There are many other worthwhile projects at BOINC and at World Community Grid (http://www.worldcommunitygrid.org) which also use the BOINC software.
Give us a hand. It will feel good, the best thing you ever did with your computer.