Is Internet2 here?
September 19th, 2008

Internet2 is a network that was “designed to provide next-generation production services as well as a platform for the development of new networking ideas and protocols. With community control of the fundamental networking infrastructure, the Internet2 Network provides the necessary scalability for member institutions to efficiently provision resources to address bandwidth-intensive requirements of their campuses such as, collaborative applications, distributed research experiments, grid-based data analysis and social networking.”

Does this mean the end of “Internet1” — and its associated freedoms of communication and expression — is on the horizon…?

The Large Hadron Collider (LHC) startup was transmitted in EVO the 10th of September. For the world wide LHC first beam event that took place at CERN, in Geneva, Switzerland, we provided the live videos in EVO.

We would like to apologize to all the users that have faced some problems to connect to EVO the 10th of September. Our web server have been under attack at that time. Sorry for the inconvenience.

Despite of those inconvenience EVO broke lot of records! Read Bellow:

1250 sites connected on the same meeting.
250 sites connected at the same time in a single meeting.
More than 6500 connections on the First LHC Beam meeting.
2500 users registered in 2 days (even if the registration have been stopped for 5 hours).

LHC progress report, week 1

Geneva, 18 September 2008. After a spectacular start on 10 September, the LHC enjoyed a mixed first week of commissioning with beam. To get beams around the ring in both directions on the first day exceeded all expectations, and the success continued through the night, with several hundred orbits being achieved.

The next step in the commissioning process is to bring in the radio-frequency (RF) system that keeps the beams bunched, rather than spreading out around the ring, and will eventually accelerate them to 7 TeV. The RF system works by ‘capturing’ the beam, speeding up the slower moving particles and slowing down the faster ones so that the beam remains bunched into fine threads about 11 cm long. Without it, the beam quickly dissipates and cannot be used for physics.

On Thursday night, 11 September, beam two, the anti-clockwise beam, was captured and circulated for over half an hour before being safely extracted from the LHC. The next step is to repeat the process for beam one, and that is set to begin this week.

The intervening time has been spent recovering cryogenic conditions after the failure of a power transformer on one of the surface points of the LHC switched off the main compressors of the cryogenics for two sectors of the machine. The transformer, weighing 30 tonnes and with a rating of 12 MVA, was exchanged over the weekend. During this process, the cryogenics system was put into a standby mode with the two sectors kept at around 4.5 K. Since the beginning of the week the cryogenics team have been busy re-cooling the magnets and preparing for operation with beam, which is currently forecast for today. The next stage of the commissioning will be single turn studies using beam one, followed by RF capture and circulating beam in both rings.

The LHC is on course for first collisions in a matter of weeks. Next update 24 September at the latest.

Is Internet2 here?

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