For data hosting, Rubin Observatory switches to Google Cloud

For data hosting, Rubin Observatory switches to Google Cloud

Google launched a three-year Dec. 7 deal to be able to host data for Vera C. Rubin Observatory (initially identified as Large Synoptic Survey Telescope) under development in Chile on the Google Cloud Network. The Rubin Observatory inked a deal to set up an intermediate data center, named the Rubin Research Portal, in the Google Cloud, while Rubin Observatory operations group as well as the scientific community plan to deal with the immense dataset anticipated to be offered by the main instrument, a telescope with 8.4-meter primary mirror.

Bob Blum, who serves as the acting Director in Charge of Rubin Observatory operations, said that They would use the temporary data facility to learn how to operate our actual survey data system when it begins in around three years. He went on to say that they will train the astronomy community at night to use datasets such as this in a cloud system deployed. Mike Daniels, the Vice-President in charge of Google Cloud global public sector, said that the developments that they see in astronomy entail a larger need for computational resources that can only be delivered by the cloud.

The deal between Google and Rubin Observatory “is the first time a cloud-based data service is used of this scale for an astronomy program,” Daniels said. “Astronomers can log into Google Cloud Platform data center and perform analysis next to the datasets.” Under the deal, during its commissioning period, the Rubin Research Platform will analyze astronomical data obtained by the Rubin Observatory and supply thousands of people in scientific community with the data. When scientific observations start in about 3 years, the Rubin Observatory is yet to determine what kind of cloud-based infrastructure it would construct or purchase to house records, Blum said.

The United States National Science Foundation, the United States Department of Energy, private as well as foreign agencies are sponsoring the development of Rubin Observatory to perform the ten-year night sky observing Legacy Survey of Space as well as Time LSST. LSST is planned to deliver 500-petabytes of data items and photos to investigators that will shed some light on the architecture, evolution, and real artifacts of the universe. On the worth of the 3-year deal for cloud computing, Rubin Observatory and Google did not comment. It is important to note that Chile’s contracted Rubin Observatory is now being designed to perform a 10-year night sky study that provides information on the universe’s evolution, structure, and artifacts. 

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