CERN Releases 300TB of LHC Data to the World

Do you remember the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) run by CERN? The device that people feared would create a black hole? In a move that’s rarely done, the organisation has now released terabytes of data onto the web for everyone to use.

The large release is explained by Kati Lassila-Perini, a physicist working on the Compact Muon Solenoid detector, who explained the data release simply by saying “Once we’ve exhausted our exploration of the data, we see no reason not to make them available publicly”. That simple, they’ve done what they can with the data and they want to see what others can do, hoping that it can benefit others by “inspiring high school students to the training of the particle physicists of tomorrow”.

If you want to view the data it’s easy enough to get your hands on from here, but CERN has also provided a bunch of tools to help you analyse the data (both raw data from the detectors within the LHC and the datasets they created). Not stopping there they’ve even provided a custom CERN Linux environment ready for use on a virtual machine, alongside scripts and apps that you can find on Github.

While the data is from 2011, that doesn’t stop it being amazing information that normally you could only read in press releases and journals. So who is going to study the universe and particles this weekend?

Access IBM’s Watson Supercomputer for Free

IBM has opened up its Watson supercomputing platform to everybody for free. The decision to open up a public beta for the data analytics platform means that we now all have partial access to a supercomputer, anytime, anywhere.

Using what is described as “the most powerful natural-language supercomputer in the world”, you can upload a dataset and let Watson analyse it all in incredibly accurate detail – producing correlations, predictive analyses, graphs, charts and even infographics that represent your data.

It’s a very interesting concept and is probably the first time anybody and everybody has been able to access a supercomputer for free. You can access Watson at IBM’s website here, where you will be required to set up a free account.

I know what some of you are wondering. Can it run Crysis?

Source: Gizmodo