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Renowned nuclear research laboratory uses SonicMQ to ensure process control within its particle accelerators

9th April 2001 ? Sonic Software, an operating company of Progress Software Corporation and a leader in e-business messaging (EBM) software and services, today announced that CERN, the European Nuclear Research Laboratory in Geneva, Switzerland, will integrate the company’s SonicMQ™ messaging infrastructure into its new atomic particle accelerator process control systems.

In the course of the next four years, CERN will perform a systems upgrade on its largest particle accelerator, a 27 kilometre long underground loop that lies 100 metres below the city of Geneva. The goal is to modernise and combine the different control systems, which monitor the processes of the superconductor and magnets within the ring, into one single, standards-based system. This new system, called LHC will eventually scale to an infrastructure of 2,000 servers, 5,000 clients and 50,000 attached devices.

Live tests featuring SonicMQ are planned for the middle of 2001. The SonicMQ Messaging Server will function as the backbone of an information system that collects all the data generated by the process control systems and instruments located around the accelerator, whose function it is to maintain the magnetic field activity in order to steer the accelerated particle stream.

Decisive for the final choice of SonicMQ at the end of an extensive evaluation period were the product’s compliance with the requirements of CERN’s new LHC system. As opposed to the currently used process control systems that are based on proprietary technology, LHC will take advantage of new platforms and emerging technologies like Java, messaging, 3-tier architecture and modern web infrastructures. A professional team consisting of Progress Software project managers, analysts and developers will work with CERN on the implementation of SonicMQ.

About CERN
CERN (European Organisation for Nuclear Research) operates an international, leading nuclear research laboratory in Geneva, that is funded by twenty governmental and academic institutions world-wide. The organisation runs several particle accelerators to conduct experiments on behalf of its funding institutions, the results of which are primarily used in basic research and for the development of theories on physics. While CERN has 2,700 employees world-wide, more than 10,000 physicists use and benefit from CERN’s research infrastructure and laboratory results.

About Sonic Software Corporation
Sonic Software is a leading provider of e-business messaging (EBM) software and services. The SonicMQ™ E-Business Messaging Server™ provides highly scalable, standards-based internet middleware that enables the guaranteed and secure delivery of business data between applications across the distributed enterprise or between companies for B2B exchange.

Sonic Software Corporation, an operating company of Progress Software Corporation (NASDAQ: PRGS), is
headquartered in Bedford, MA and can be found at www.sonicmq.com.
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Sonic Software: Markus Speier, Marketing Manager, EMEA
T: +49 (0)711 18293-41 F: +49 (0)711 18293-48 E: Markus.Speier@progress.com


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