Academics make jump to lightspeed internet

Data and computing initiatives are joining forces to forge a high-speed research network for South Africa. In bandwidth-thirsty South Africa, the country’s universities and research institutions are oases of the stuff, with a torrent of capacity, up to 10 gigabits a second, running between them. With this internal capacity and international linkages, South African researchers…

SA crunches into the collider data grid

South Africa has joined the computing grid for the largest particle accelerator in the world, the Large Hadron Collider (LHC). The collider, which straddles the border between France and Switzerland and is about 100m underground, is a massive particle accelerator, owned by the European Organisation for Nuclear Research (Cern). The super-conducting magnets in the accelerator…