Counting Neutrinos at the South Pole

Wednesday, September 29, 2010 - 16:30
TH 331
Keith Beattie, MS, Computer Systems Engineer — Lawrence Berkeley Lab

The South Pole, besides being a fascinating place in its own right, is uniquely suited for Neutrino Astronomy and a challenging place to locate a cosmic ray detector along with a corresponding compute cluster. Revising a PyCon 2009 & YouTube/Google Tech talk, I will briefly present the physics motivation behind building a cubic kilometer neutrino detector at the South Pole, go into some of the details of the data-acquisition system running there and describe travel to, work and life at the South Pole.


Keith Beattie is a computer systems engineer at Lawrence Berkeley National Labs working in the general area of distributed computing and software development for various scientific research projects. He is a SFSU alumni with a BA in Mathematics and an MS in Computer Science.