Media invited to attend LHC Grid Fest at Fermilab, Friday, October 3 at 10:30 a.m.

Batavia, Ill. – The six experiments at the Large Hadron Collider will produce 15 million gigabytes of data every year, enough information to create a 13-mile-high stack of CDs. The Department of Energy’s Fermilab will join CERN on Friday, Oct. 3 at 10:30 a.m. CDT to launch the Worldwide LHC Computing Grid, the system that will distribute this data to more than 7,000 scientists around the globe.

On Oct. 3, live connections between Fermilab and CERN will demonstrate the extraordinary role of grid computing. Experts will highlight the successes and challenges of the grid, and its applications for other sciences such as medicine, climate studies, bioinformatics, nanotechnology, geography and education. A question and answer period with the CERN Director General, Robert Aymar, and other CERN representatives will also be available via videoconference.

Journalists wishing to attend LHC Grid Fest at Fermilab are asked to call the Fermilab Office of Communication at 630-840-2326 or e-mail A tour of Fermilab and its grid computing facilities will be offered immediately following the Grid Fest activities at 12:00 p.m. CDT.

Information about the event is available at More information about U.S. participation in the LHC and its experiments is available at

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