Good News from Thu, 05 July, 2012:

Atostek and CERN join forces in particle research

the ATLAS detector of CERN’s LHC accelerator detects particle collisions. the ATLAS detector of CERN’s LHC accelerator detects particle collisions.

The Tampere-based company Atostek, which offers expert services in software and information technology, has embarked on a major co-operation project with the European Organization for Nuclear Research, known as CERN. The collaboration is part of CERN’s TALENT project to further develop the Large Hadron Collider’s ATLAS detector.

The four-year project will involve 17 European companies and academic partners. The budget for the project is EUR 4 million, funded entirely by the European Commission. In addition to upgrading the detector, the goal is also to develop applications, for example, for medical imaging and space applications.

Atostek’s goal is to facilitate signal processing programming and speed up the performance of various machine-driven programs to as much as ten times their current speed. Together with Nokia, the company has developed a compiler technology that makes fast, portable libraries for parallel programming in signal processing possible.

— The LHC accelerator’s signal processing requires huge calculation capacity, and right now, parallel calculation in particular appears to be a considerable source of additional speed. We have succeeded in creating a completely new technology for precisely this purpose and we now have the opportunity to apply it to particle research, says Jarkko Niittylahti from Atostek.

Dr. Heinz Pernegger, co-ordinator of the TALENT project at CERN, says the co-operation between Atostek and CERN serves as excellent proof of how core knowledge in a single specialised field can be exploited as part of a broader project.

— Atostek’s role as an expert in device simulation and signal processing is crucial for the project. Their solution is a key factor in the development work for the ATLAS detector and will be utilised by the partners in the project and undoubtedly by the entire community developing and utilising the detector, Pernegger says.

The TALENT project in Finland received a boost from the Industrial Activation Programme of the Finnish Funding Agency for Technology and Innovation’s (Tekes) Big Science projects.