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Nov 21 2011   4:49PM GMT

CERN evaluating Spectra Logic tape library for storing Large Hadron Collider data

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Spectra Logic Corp. announced this week that CERN is evaluating the company’s T-Finity tape library as storage for data collected from the Large Hadron Collider.

According to Spectra, CERN added a T-Finity tape library to its laboratory in July, and will transfer data to the new device from an existing Spectra T380 using CERN’s own data manager.

A Spectra T-Finity tape library can offer up to 457 PB of storage, depending on its configuration and the type of tape media used.

CERN – the European Organization for Nuclear Research – uses particle accelerators and detectors to study the building blocks of matter, and is probably best known outside of physicist circles for the Large Hadron Collider, an underground particle accelerator nearly 17 miles in circumference and the largest of its kind in the world.

(The device also made the news over claims that using the device would end the worldwhich it hasn’t – and we acknowledge would be a bad thing.)

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