Higgs boson discovery has been confirmed, and two papers have been recently published in the Physics Letters B issue of September. It was no small task. The articles start with a list of hundreds of contributors around the world. The news made international headlines in July; almost fifty years after Peter Higgs predicted a new particle to explain how other elementary particles acquire mass.
The long-sought boson is extremely complicated to observe. It involves a global computing network to massage the vast amount of data generated by the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) near Geneva, Switzerland. Most of the researchers are actually in the US, and they are connected via the Energy Sciences network called ESnet. I decided to interview Bill Johnston from Berkeley Laboratory. He led the transformation of ESnet from “plumbing” to a “service” to the scientific community. Fasten your seatbelt! We are on for a ride at the frontiers of science and networking.