The LHC experiments at CERN record tens of petabytes of data each year -- but
the actual data produced by the detectors is several orders of magnitude larger.
This initial data stream is analyzed in real-time by dedicated systems, and only
the most interesting bits of information are recorded. Next, the recorded data
is made available to thousands of analysists, and their results are combined to
obtain physics results, such as the discovery of the Higgs boson.
This talk will discuss the entire chain from the initial physics questions, the LHC
accelerator, initial aqcuistion of the data, to the analysis, and publication of
the results, and how this chain must evolve over the next decade to cope with an
ever increasing rate of data.