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CERN openlab is a unique public-private partnership between The European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN) and some of the world's leading ICT companies. It plays a leading role in helping CERN address the computing and storage challenges related to the Large Hadron Collider's (LHC) upgrade program.

Physicist and CTO of CERNopenlab, Maria Girone, will be speaking at the ISC18 conference, as the main conference keynote speaker on Monday, June 25. In her keynote talk, Girone will be mainly discussing the demands of capturing, storing, and processing the large volumes of data generated by the LHC experiments. The LHC is the world's most powerful particle accelerator and is one of the largest and most complicated machines ever built. The LHC collides proton pairs 40 million times every second in each of four interaction points, where four particle detectors are hosted. This extremely high rate of collisions makes it possible to identify rare phenomenon and is vital in helping physicists reach the requisite level of statistical certainty to declare new discoveries, such as the Higgs boson in 2012. Extracting a signal from this huge background of collisions is one of the most significant challenges faced by the high-energy physics (HEP) community.