Intense curiosity, dogged determination, and advanced network infrastructure, like CANARIE, lead to groundbreaking discoveries!

[Ottawa, ON | 4 July 2012] CANARIE, Canada’s Advanced Research and Innovation Network, today congratulates the global team of physicists who have gathered enough preliminary data to announce the existence of the Higgs boson, colloquially known as the “God particle.”


The Higgs boson has been the subject of intense study since British physicist Peter Higgs named it in the 1960s. It is critical to our understanding of the universe, as it is believed to be the element that slows down atomic particles and gives them mass.

The discovery is the result of the work of the global ATLAS particle physics detector at the Large Hadron Collider, located at the CERN Laboratory in Switzerland. More than 150 Canadian scientists and students are part of ATLAS, which involves thousands of scientists worldwide.

A massive amount of data generated from the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) – 8 petabytes (roughly 8 million gigabytes) of data annually – is delivered to Canadian scientists via CANARIE’s ultra-high-speed network to TRIUMF, Canada’s National Laboratory for Nuclear and Particle Physics. TRIUMF is a prestigious Tier 1 Data Centre for the ATLAS detector at the LHC, and stores and processes data generated there.


“This discovery demonstrates how digital infrastructure, like CANARIE’s advanced network, enables advances in science that would have been unthinkable not too long ago,” says Jim Roche, President and CEO of CANARIE. “Canada’s investment in CANARIE ensures that Canadians can contribute to truly cutting-edge, global discoveries that, long-term, lead to social and economic benefits for Canadians.”


TRIUMF is the top source and destination for traffic over the CANARIE network, as the enormous volumes of experimental data carried over the network require the ultra-high-speed and capacity available through CANARIE. While TRIUMF is a key user of the network, other research and education institutions continue to leverage increasing amounts of digital data to collaborate nationally and internationally. Traffic over the CANARIE network has increased 587% over the past five years.


Video about why the Higgs boson matters.

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CANARIE Inc. is Canada’s Advanced Research and Innovation Network. Established in 1993, CANARIE manages an ultra high-speed network that supports leading-edge research and big science across Canada and around the world. One million researchers, scientists and students at over 1,100 Canadian institutions, including universities, colleges, research institutes, hospitals, and government laboratories have access to the CANARIE Network. Together with 12 provincial and territorial advanced network partners, CANARIE enables researchers to share and analyze massive amounts of data, like climate models, satellite images, and DNA sequences that can lead to groundbreaking scientific discoveries. CANARIE is a non-profit corporation supported by membership fees, with the major investment in its programs and activities provided by the Government of Canada.

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