On Thursday, November 14, 2019, An-Najah National University, in ‎cooperation with the Linear ‎Accelerator Laboratory (LAL), and the ‎European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN), opened‎ the Center ‎for Excellence in High Energy Physics, making An-Najah the first ‎university in Palestine to establish a center for data storage for global ‎usage. ‎

The rapid advance of research in high energy physics requires quick ‎dissemination of findings. Accordingly, the newly opened center is used ‎to house an advanced database server with an internet accelerator, and ‎associated components and infrastructure, such as storage systems needed ‎for high-energy physics research.‎

The center which is the first of its kind in Palestine, is an information ‎server that is dedicated to store and retrieve data as well as provide high ‎availability and high performance by its server which is equal to 1000 ‎advanced computers, and contains 1200 core units with up to 400TB ‎storage capacity.‎

The Center can be used by researchers from different countries around ‎the world. It is designed to help researchers solve the problems they face ‎in terms of speed in data analysis and storage capacity.‎

The Center was inaugurated by Prof. Maher Natsheh, University ‎President, Dr. Ahmed Bassalat, Chair of WISHEPP and staff member at ‎An-Najah's ‎Physics Department, and Prof. Achille Stocchi, Head of LAL ‎and Co-Chair of ‎WISHEPP, Dr. Martin Gastal, Representative of CERN ‎Center, and Dr. Maen Ishtaiwi, Dean of the Faculty of Science.‎

Prof. Natsheh commented on ‎the role of the new Center: "the newly ‎established Center will undoubtedly contribute ‎to a quantum leap in high ‎energy physics research and will offer a unique service to ‎Palestinian ‎researchers."‎

The Center is one of the most important outputs and achievements of the ‎Fourth Winter ‎School of High Energy Physics.‎

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