Nirvana Case Studies | National Virtual Observatory (NVO)


The Digital Sky Project

Project Name
National Virtual Observatory (NVO), 2 micron all sky survey (2MASS)

Astronomy, computational astronomy

Significant computing capabilities are required to support computational astronomy, including large scans over data collections, data mining and cataloguing. This project combines grid data-intensive computing and technologies; in addition to remote data access and analysis.

National Virtual Observatory
California Institute of Technology Infrared Processing and Analysis Center (IPAC)
San Diego Supercomputing Center

Data Sizes
5,000,000 data files

Nirvana Solution
Nirvana was utilized to provide distributed data access and metadata management. The standard open source FITS library was modified to provide a transparent Nirvana data access for NVO applications. Several mosaic and data cataloguing software packages were written by astronomers to support this effort.

The project completed on time and on budget. Data ingest and sorting was very successfully. JPL, Caltech and IPAC created mosaics on demand and cataloguing applications in later phases.