The Large Hadron Collider is Going to Produce 400 Petabytes of Data Every Year

By Jamie Condliffe on at

At the Large Hadron Collider (LHC), some serious science goes down. So serious, in fact, that the facility plans to boost its data collection to the point where it's creating a staggering 400 petabytes of data every year.

So far, in its entire lifespan, the LHC has generated an archive of 100 PB, and that total is currently growing at 27 PB per year. But by 2023, CERN's infrastructure manager Tim Bell expects the facility to churn out 400 PB—that's 400,000,000 GB. An insane amount of data.

The European scientists are squaring up to the problem by using Openstack, shifting its data storage to servers in Budapest, rather than upgrading CERN's existing data centre. "There are now four OpenStack clouds at CERN, the largest comprising 7,000 cores on approximately 3,000 servers, but this is expected to pass 150,000 cores in total by the first quarter of 2015", explained Bell. That figure will still have to grow at a rate if it's to cope come 2023. [V3]

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