The next big LHC upgrade? Software.

The World Wide Web may have been invented at CERN, but it was raised and cultivated abroad. Now a group of Large Hadron Collider physicists are looking outside academia to solve one of the biggest challenges in physics—creating a software framework that is sophisticated, sustainable and more compatible with rest of the world. “The software we used to build the LHC and perform our analyses is 20 years old,” says Peter Elmer, a physicist at Princeton University. “Technology evolves, so we have to ask, does our software still make sense today? Will it still do what we need 20 or 30 years from now?” Elmer is part of a new initiative funded by the National Science Foundation called the DIANA/HEP project, or Data Intensive ANAlysis for High Energy Physics. The DIANA…

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