CERN in Geneva, Switzerland – whatever you call this place, inventors of the web (WWW), operators of the largest man-made machine (LHC), place of the discovery of the Higgs particle or an international scientific institution with 21 joint member states – it has a long history of records. PowerFolder was pleased to be invited and presented its open source file sync and share solution for education and research at the “Workshop on Cloud Services for File Synchronisation and Sharing” hosted by CERN.


“The objective of this workshop is to share experiences and progress for technologies and services in cloud storage file synchronization and file sharing.

Cloud storage services for scientific and technical activities allow groups of researchers to share, transfer and synchronize files between their personal computers, mobile devices and large scientific data repositories. Adding synchronization capabilities to existing large-scale data repositories (typically above the 1-PB mark) creates an opportunity for new scenarios for data analysis. The challenges include seamless data sharing across working groups and providing an extremely easy to use interface available on all client platforms.”

In particular the presentation of PowerFolder (link) covered the following topics:

  • How PowerFolder’s peer-to-peer sync approach for direct Internet and LAN sync helps to build highly scalable cloud systems and user experience
  • New features in version 10 of PowerFolder such as online collaboration on documents, spreadsheets and presentations
  • Open Source edition of PowerFolder hosted on GitHub and sourceforge.

Also member institution, such as the Karlsruher Institute of Technology (KIT), who operates the largest sync and share service in Germany available to up to almost half million users in the state of Baden-Württemberg (press release), presented its experience with PowerFolder after one year of live operation (presentation).

A big thank you goes to the team at CERN for organizing the workshop.


Picture of the results from ATLAS experiment at the LHC particle collider: