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Donation of CERN computing equipment to Palestine

Donation of servers to An-Najah National University in Palestine marks the fifteenth donation of CERN computing equipment


Computer equipment donation An-Najah National University, Palestine
CERN’s Director for Research and Computing, Eckhard Elsen (Left) and Acting President of the An-Najah National University, Palestine, Maher Natsheh (right) met in an official ceremony in Building 133, where the computer hardware was prepared for shipment (Image: CERN)

On 25 April 2019, a ceremony at CERN marked the donation of computing equipment to An-Najah National University in Palestine.

On this occasion, 56 servers from the CERN computing centre were donated to An-Najah National University. The donation included more than a thousand processor cores and eight disk servers providing about 400 terabytes of storage. This equipment will be instrumental in supporting the creation of the High Energy Physics (HEP) laboratory at the Centre for Excellence which will be hosted at An-Najah National University, solidifying the role of An-Najah as the hub for HEP development in Palestine.

Since 2012, CERN has regularly donated computing equipment that no longer meets its highly specific requirements on efficiency but is still more than adequate for less exacting environments. To date, a total of 2135 servers and 123 network switches have been donated by CERN to countries and international organisations, namely Algeria, Bulgaria, Ecuador, Egypt, Ghana, Mexico, Morocco, Pakistan, the Philippines, Senegal, Serbia, the SESAME laboratory in Jordan, Nepal and now An-Najah National University, in Palestine.