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Future e-Infrastructure Requirements for the EISCAT facilities

Ian McCrea
SpeakerIan McCrea
TrackTrack 1
DescriptionThe EISCAT_3D project:  
Data and processing challenges and implications for Nordic e-infrastructure
Ian McCrea: STFC Rutherford Appleton Laboratory, UK
The EISCAT_3D project ( will be a large, distributed research infrastructure located in the Nordic region, with facilities in Norway, Sweden and Finland.  EISCAT_3D will be a new type of radar facility for studies of the upper atmosphere and near-Earth space, replacing the current generation of dish-based EISCAT radars by a network of phased array antenna fields, offering considerably greater performance in terms of power, resolution and experimental flexibility.  Realising such a system, however, presents several challenges, not least of which is the fact that the system will produce several orders of magnitude more data than the present radars.  In order to extract the optimum performance, these data will need to be combined and processed in real-time, requiring the provision of significant computing and data transport capabilities to relatively remote locations.  
In this talk, we will briefly review the current design of the EISCAT_3D system, with a particular emphasis on the computing and networking requirements at each data processing level and how the various challenges are likely to be resolved.  In the light of this, we will consider the potential implications for e-infrastructure provision in the Nordic region, in particular with regard to networking and long-term data storage.

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