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Operating a petabyte class archive at ESO
Author(s): Dieter Suchar; John S. Lockhart; Andrew Burrows
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Paper Abstract

The challenges of setting up and operating a Petabyte Class Archive will be described in terms of computer systems within a complex Data Centre environment. The computer systems, including the ESO Primary and Secondary Archive and the associated computational environments such as relational databases will be explained. This encompasses the entire system project cycle, including the technical specifications, procurement process, equipment installation and all further operational phases. The ESO Data Centre construction and the complexity of managing the environment will be presented. Many factors had to be considered during the construction phase, such as power consumption, targeted cooling and the accumulated load on the building structure to enable the smooth running of a Petabyte class Archive.

Paper Details

Date Published: 12 July 2008
PDF: 7 pages
Proc. SPIE 7016, Observatory Operations: Strategies, Processes, and Systems II, 70160N (12 July 2008); doi: 10.1117/12.789263
Show Author Affiliations
Dieter Suchar, European Southern Observatory (Germany)
John S. Lockhart, European Southern Observatory (Germany)
Andrew Burrows, European Southern Observatory (Germany)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 7016:
Observatory Operations: Strategies, Processes, and Systems II
Roger J. Brissenden; David R. Silva, Editor(s)

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