The Heavy Ion runs are continuing at the Large Hadron Collider with 69 bunches per beam being circulated. Next they will increase to 121 bunches. Watching live collisions is very impressive when these runs are active. The live 3D CMS display is especially worth looking at but you need to keep refreshing the image.
Meanwhile plans for next year are beginning to take shape and a presentation by Mike Lamont yesterday gave some details. Although no definite decisions have been taken, they are now talking in terms of a slight energy increase to 4 TeV per beam. The amount of luminosity collected will depend on the exact parameters used and how efficiently the collider runs. Using “reasonable” numbers (936 bunches, beta* = 2.5m, 120 billion protons per bunch, 3 micron emittance) it should be possible to collect about 2.2/fb, more than twice the target value. With “Ultimate” numbers (1400 bunches, beta* = 2m, 150 billion protons per bunch, 2.5 micron emittance) , it may be possible to reach 7.6/fb next year. Reality is likely to be somewhere between these two numbers.
Update (14-Nov-2010): Overnight there was a clean run using 121 bunches that ran for eight hours. Here is a clip showing the entire run as seen from CMS