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The Challenge

CERN, the European Organization for Nuclear Research, is one of the world’s largest and most respected centers for scientific research. Its business is fundamental particle physics. By accelerating sub-atomic particles to super-high speeds, then making the particles collide with each other or with stationary targets, CERN researchers learn about the laws of nature and attempt to answer some of the deepest scientific questions about the universe.

In addition to its world-class capabilities for physics analysis, CERN advances the frontiers of technology in areas such as software analysis and computing. In fact, it is the place where the World Wide Web was invented by Tim Berners-Lee in 1989, while he was a scientist at CERN.

Finding out what the universe is made of and how it works requires an enormous amount of collaboration. Some 20,000 scientists from over 600 institutes comprise the CERN community; working together closely and communicating in such an environment is essential. It’s also not easy to bring so many far-flung people from multiple organizations together – and we’re talking serious technical minds (particle physicists for heaven’s sake!) that absolutely demand quality science in all of their tools.

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