A system for sharing and analyzing data from the world's largest science projects.
The Square Kilometre Array being constructed in Australia and South Africa represents a massive data challenge: when completed, it will collect and transmit petabytes of data to astronomy researchers around the world. Improved digital infrastructure is needed to address this data-intensive need.
In 2013, a research team from the University of Calgary began developing the digital infrastructure needed to address the SKA’s data-intensive needs. The CyberSKA project uses Canada's advanced fibre-optic networks to move the large data sets being analyzed by researchers. This solution provides:
- A multi-site portal to allow users to access global SKA data and collaboration tools
- A functioning data distribution prototype that interfaces with the CyberSKA porta
- Advanced data visualization, analytics and processing capabilities that could be accessed via the portal
How This Project Affects You:
The digital infrastructure technology created for CyberSKA could be valuable for a variety of industries that require the ability to access, visualize and process massive data sets, such as biotechnology, resource management, energy, information technology and other sectors.
- University of Calgary, Department of Physics and Astronomy
- IBM Canada
- Calgary Scientific
- CANARIE (major funder)
- Cybera (project manager)