Open-source messaging at (nearly) the speed of light

Posted by Fettoosh on May 19, 2012 1:22 PM EDT
Network World; By Jon Gold
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On a vast scale, that's broadly what CERN's Large Hadron Collider does -- smashing particles together at a whisker short of the speed of light in order to minutely document the results. Running the supercooled magnets and four gigantic detection arrays -- each of which weighs in at tens of thousands of tons -- in place around the nearly 17-mile-long underground tunnel is, unsurprisingly, a fiendishly complex task.

According to Ehm, CERN began using open source message broker ActiveMQ as a way to transport data between the 85,000 machines and more than 2 million total endpoints at the facility in 2005.

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