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It's all Πυθων to me

From Fermilab Today, September 9, 2014

Joe Lykken
Joe Lykken

Joe Lykken, Deputy Director

Nature is an analog computer with a bahzillion parts (bahzillion = much more than a zillion), so there are tremendous intellectual challenges in getting even the most powerful digital computers to emulate the processes that particle physicists are interested in. These challenges include making sense of the data from experiments, predicting what experiments should see, and simulating new accelerator and detector systems that will enable the experiments of the future.

Our Scientific Computing Division at Fermilab comprises almost 150 people with a unique and important cross section of skills, including scientists, engineers, software designers and software developers, as well as experts in using and operating high-performance and high-throughput computing hardware. Scientific Computing has always been a core strength of the laboratory, and SCD scientists are involved in all of the scientific endeavors at the lab. They have already played essential roles in major discoveries, including that of the Higgs boson.

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