CyberaNet, in collaboration with CANARIE, BCNET and SRnet, is being used to transfer nearly 300 terabytes — the equivalent of about 25 million large phonebooks — of astronomical research data from the National Research Council's Herzberg Institute of Astrophysics' (NRC–HIA) Canadian Astronomy Data Centre (CADC) in Victoria, BC to Compute Canada/WestGrid storage facilities at the University of Saskatchewan in Saskatoon, SK. The copying and transfering of this data is part of the Canadian Advanced Network for Astronomical Research (CANFAR) project, which is funded through CANARIE's Network-Enabled Platforms program.
The CANFAR project, led by the University of Victoria, promotes space exploration and advances knowledge of the universe through effectively delivering, processing, storing, analyzing, and distributing massive datasets produced by astronomical surveys. These are gathered from major astronomical facilities, including the Hubble Space Telescope, the Canada-France-Hawaii Telescope, the James Clerk Maxwell Telescope, and the twin 8-m telescopes of the Gemini Observatory.
"CANARIE is proud to see CANFAR continue to deliver such value to the research community," says Jim Roche, President and Chief Executive Officer for CANARIE. "It demonstrates that the CANARIE network and its funding programs meet a real need in Canada's research community, and together with our partners at BCNET, CyberaNet, SRnet and Compute Canada, supports Canadians who are exploring and making exciting discoveries about the universe."
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