Mass Data Resources
The Data Cluster is a system capable of storing both massive quantities of data and supporting complex data management projects and nationally significant data collections.
The data cluster has several primary functions. It:
- provides a resource for storing and retrieving data of capacities and capability well beyond that of other local resources, and using elastic services model (a so-called data cloud).
- support data analysis.
- provides a data management environment for complex data needs, including fast (and/or large) relational database management.
- integrated system for supporting data from instruments (such as optical telescopes) including management of the data transfer from the instrument to the data cloud, and supporting the subsequent data workflows of data cleaning/processing.
- provides capability, services and software that allow research groups to access signficant data collections, either federated or replicated from national or international sources.
The data cloud has high-speed bandwidth and services to manage transfers between both national and international networks using multiple gigabit networks.
Information about its usage including application for access, user guide and available software are available on the National Facility website at http://nf.nci.org.au/facilities/mdss/.
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