Budapest will host the new data-processing center of the European Organization for Nuclear Research, or CERN, from 2013. The facility will be established in the outskirts of Hungary’s capital and is set to have bigger broadband capacity than the rest of Hungary combined.

“The whole world has its eyes on us,” said Development Minister Zsuzsanna Nemeth at the event announcing the project.

MTA WIGNER FK, the physics research center at the Hungarian Academy of Sciences, edged out 30 applicants, mainly multinational firms, to win the tender for the 40-billion-forint ($185 million) investment.

The hub will provide data-processing services for the huge volumes of research material that CERN scientists gather from their experiments. One of its key functions will be to process incoming results from CERN’s famous large hadron collider.

To highlight the capacity of the Budapest site, the deputy state secretary in charge of infocommunications, Vilmos Valyi-Nagy, said the bandwidth would be sufficient to transfer 2,000 MP3 music files every second or to send the digitized version of all the approximately four million volumes in Hungary’s central library in 15 minutes.

He added that besides CERN, the hub will also be offering its capacity and services to potentially thousands of scientists around the world.

Officials told reporters that CERN will shortly announce tenders for the computer infrastructure that will be installed in the Budapest center, and expressed hopes that local suppliers can be just as successful as the hub tender proved to be.

The center is scheduled to be up and running by Jan 1, 2013.

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