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A Universe of Data on Your Desktop

Scientists face many challenges in accessing, managing, processing and visualizing data. These challenges will continue to increase as the volume of data produced by scientific instruments and sensors continues to grow. Such is the case for the Square Kilometre Array (SKA), which will be the world’s largest radio telescope when completed. The SKA will produce volumes of data at a scale unheard of by today’s standards. A cyberinfrastructure framework is therefore essential in order to connect communities of astronomers with data, processing and visualization tools, and each other. At the University of Calgary and in collaboration with several other North American institutions, we are developing a platform called CyberSKA. CyberSKA is aimed at addressing the cyberinfrastructure needs of future radio telescopes such as the Square Kilometre Array. The platform is distributed in nature allowing for multiple sites to contribute storage, computing resources and various services.

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