Scientific community prepares to process data produced by LSST observatory

Scientific community prepares to process data produced by LSST observatory

More than 120 researchers from Chile, United States, India, Canada, Ireland, and Brazil attended the third Towards Science in Chile with LSST Workshop. The activity prepared the scientific community to work with Big Data produced by the Large Synoptic Survey Telescope (LSST) from 2022.

“This workshop brought a new generation of researchers closer to the needed knowledge to work in a different way with the LSST competitively,” explained Francisco Förster, an astronomer at the Center for Mathematical Modeling of Universidad de Chile, who organized the event.

This 8.4-meter telescope will be built in Pachón Hill (Coquimbo Region, Chile) and will exam the total visible sky every three nights. It also will take 800 images every evening. These pictures are equal to 3,2 millions of pixels and an area 40 times bigger than the full moon. It will produce the widest and deepest images of the dynamic universe.

Unless other observatories in Chile with 10% of the time assigned to Chilean researchers, LSST project allows scientists from all around the world can access to all the data, add Förster: “This is a big opportunity for the country, but also a great responsibility.”

“The biggest issue we addressed was how the telescope will change the way we work with the data that become so massive,” said the scientist. “Given the costs of transferring big data, we take the processing towards the data instead of carrying the data towards the processing. This is, we will work in the cloud remotely.”

Unless the previous meetings this version emphasized the tutorial sessions. The group worked five hours on this topic and used specially developed tools to process LSST’ data. This job does not have precedent in Chile. To improve the connectivity, explained Förster, the conference was held at the Faculty of Physical and Mathematical Sciences and worked with Reuna and Cisco.

Posted on Dec 22, 2017 in Frontpage, News