Friday, July 6, 2012
Scientific Linux and Ubuntu Used to Find the Higgs Boson
One of greatest races in the history of physics has concluded this week with the discovery of the Higg's Boson, the missing link in the Standard Model, and it seems that Linux had an important part in it.
CERN or The European Organization for Nuclear Research is the organization running the LHC experiment in Switzerland (Large Hadron Collider).
One of the researchers from LHC has come forward, on Reddit, and said that Scientific Linux and Ubuntu were two operating systems that contributed to the discovery.
“I want to mention how Linux (specifically, Scientific Linux and Ubuntu) had a vital role in the discovery of the new boson at CERN."
"We use it every day in our analyses, together with hosts of open software, such as ROOT, and it plays a major role in the running of our networks of computers (in the grid etc.) used for the intensive work in our calculations,” said the anonymous source.
More of the subject can be found in a quite large discussion with the scientist that chose to share this amazing information with us.