Canada Explores New Frontiers in Astroinformatics

This week’s post links to an excellent article on the HPC In The Cloud web site on how the Canadian Astronomy Data Centre is migrating its operations to a cloud computing platform. To my knowledge, CADC is the first astronomy data center to migrate its operations to the cloud. This move is, of course, a response to the need to manage the avalanche of data that threatens to engulf astronomy.

Dust emission from Orion Molecular Cloud at 850um processed using CANFAR (JCMT SCUBA-2 map thanks to Ed Chapin and Mark Halpern, UBC)

Dust emission from Orion Molecular Cloud at 850um processed using CANFAR (JCMT SCUBA-2 map thanks to Ed Chapin and Mark Halpern, UBC)

The article says that “… the Canadian Advanced Network for Astronomical Research (CANFAR) is behind an ongoing project in conjunction with CANARIE (a national research network organization) to create a cloud-based platform to support astronomy research. The effort is being led by researchers at the University of Victoria in British Columbia in conjunction with the Canadian Astronomy Data Centre (CADC) and with participation from 11 other Canadian universities.”

Read more in this technical article: Virtualisation and Grid Utilisation within the CANFAR Project by Severin et al.

I wish to thank Dr. Doug Tody for drawing my attention to this article

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