Key Project Findings

This page compiles a set of reports that describe key finding of the AENEAS project. For a full list of project documentation, see Project Outputs. Please, review our Copyright Notice at the bottom of the page before using parts or whole documents from this website.

Inventory of Facilities and Providers for the European regional center for the Square Kilometre Array (SKA)

The European SKA Data Centre (ESDC) is expected to consist of (high performance) computing facilities and data (storage) centers connected by a high speed network. This report presents a preliminary overview of facilities and providers that may form (part of) the ESDC. The list is a starting point for further investigations of technical suitability, governance and funding  for the ESDC.

Posted on: Oct 22, 2018 | Authors: Michiel van Haarlem

Main Findings
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Academic, private and funding bodies who are part of/ interested to join or fund the SKAO or collaborations leading the SKA regional centers.

Compute, network and storage infrastructure of the European regional center to support SKA key science

This document presents an initial system sizing for a European SKA Data Centre (ESDC), which would serve as an SKA Regional Centre (SRC) for Europe. The document presents initial sizing estimates for the storage, compute and data ingest capabilities required by such
a centre in order to support the European research community in achieving the High Priority Science Objectives (HPSOs) of the SKA project.

Posted on:Oct 1, 2018 | Authors: Anna Scaife, M. Ashdown, T. Athanassiadou, U. Becciani, R. Bolton, T .M. Cantwell, A. O. Clarke, Y. Grange, R. Joshi, S. Sanchez et al.

Main Findings
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SKA community, European service providers of digital infrastructure for science

Recommendations for SKA regional centers based on surveys data from the astronomy user community and facilities

This document uses results of the AENEAS Survey for Astronomical Facilities and their User communities, in order to identify the major gaps with respect to the expected SKA user support system. The conclusions of this document should be considered when designing the  European SKA Regional Centre (ESRC) as well as other SRC around the world.

Posted on: Aug 21, 2018 | Authors: Marcella Massardi

Main Findings

The regional centers of the SKA need should provide the resources and incentives to change existing science extraction workflows and change the currently prevailing "single desktop" mentality within the astronomical community. These include (1) establishing a trust inregional centers to provide robust and high quality data reduction tools; (2) engaging user expertise in the development of tools/services for the regional centers; (3) providing well-coordinated communication to support the user community and more.

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all communities engaged in the design and development of the SKA regional centers, SKA Observatory

Results from a survey of astronomical facilities and their users

This document provides an analysis from a survey to astronomical facilities and their user communities in order to identify successful approaches and suggestions for the definition of the European SKA Regional Centre telescope-user interaction model.

Posted on: Aug 21, 2018 | Authors: Marcella Massardi

Main Findings
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SKA Observatory, Developers of other SKA Regional Centers, executives and staff at astronomy facilities

Recommendations for data transfer and storage for the European Science Data Center for the Square Kilometre Array

This document provides a set of best practice recommendations to optimise network and storage performances for the ESCD. The document is based on the analysis of intercontinental network investigations involving GEANT, AARNET and SANREN and the performance measurements of two big data transfer applications, GridFTP and FDT in the lab and long-distance environments. The recommendations will be used to select the data transfer protocols and applications for the ESDC suitable to support the high performance long distance data transfers required by the SKA computing models.

Posted on: Aug 21, 2018 | Authors: Richard Hughes-Jones

Main Findings

Although inter-continental network paths are still being investigated at 100 Gigabit, we have demonstrated that the academic networks can be engineered to provide congestion free paths and have the capability and stability to move SKA data at the required rates.

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SKA Observatory, Developers of other SKA Regional Centers, National and international research network organizations