Fermi National Laboratory

Volume 22  |  Friday, October 15, 1999  |  Number 20
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October 22 Art Series Presents:

Fermilab International Film Society Presents: HALLOWEEN DOUBLE FEATURE SPECIAL! Ramsey Hall, 8:00 pm $4.

Frankenstein (Dir: James Whale, USA 1931, 70 min.) and Bride of Frankenstein (Whale USA 1935, 75 min.) THE definitive monster movies based on Mary Shelley's novel. Boris Karloff is wonderful as the monster in this original and its sequel.

October 23

Fermilab Prairie Harvest. 10 am to 2 pm. Bringing a large group? Call ahead (630)-840-3303.

NALWO

Nalwo is changing the schedule for English Classes: they are now held on Mondays and Thursdays 9:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. at the Users' Center. The classes are free and can be joined at any time. For more information call Selitha Raja: 305-7769.

ONGOING

English Classes, Monday and Thursday at the Users' Center, 9:30-11:00 a.m., free classes. NALWO coffee for newcomers & visitors every Thursday at the Users' Center, 10:30-12, children welcome. In the auditorium, International folk dancing, Thursday, 7:30-10 p.m., call Mady, (630) 584-0825;

Scottish country dancing Tuesdays, 7:30-9:30 p.m., call Doug, x8194 or e-mail folkdance@fnal.gov.

SKYDIVERS: LOOKING FOR THAT EXCUSE TO MAKE YOUR FIRST JUMP? Or are you a current student or experienced skydiver just interested in getting together with a group of fellow employees and taking advantage of group rates? We are looking for interested people for a proposed new club. Contact either Paul at 4495 or Rod at 2565.

Milestones

Elected

Dan Amidei, of Michigan State University, chair of the Fermilab Users' Executive Committee, on October 9.

Luminosity record set

Recently the PEP II collider at DOE's Stanford Linear Accelerator Center achieved the highest luminosity ever reached by any electron-positron collider, 1033 events per square centimeter per second. Luminosity is a measure of the rate at which interesting events occuró in this case, production of a particle known as B mesons. Physicists hope that the study of these particles will lead to a better understanding of CP violation and the Standard Model, and the subtle differences in the behavior of matter and antimatter.

World's Fastest Network Standard

A demonstration Gigabyte System Network (GSN), eight times faster than any other existing operational standard, was built during a recent workshop organised by CERN, the European particle physics laboratory in Geneva, Switzerland, in collaboration with the High Performance Networking Forum (HNF). This was only the second time that GSN has been demonstrated in Europe, and it was the largest GSN to be built anywhere. CERN engineers helped to create GSN, a new type of network which allows data to be transferred between computers at speeds of up to 800 Mbytes/sec (800,000, 000 characters per second).


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