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Primeur weekly 2014-01-27

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The Italian National Institute of Astrophysics (INAF) entrusts scientific data management to Oracle

22 Jan 2014 Redwood Shores - The Italian National Institute of Astrophysics (INAF) chose Oracle's technology to carry out its research activity within the Gaia mission, which has been launched by the European Space Agency (ESA) and which aims to create a precise three-dimensional map of the Milky Way galaxy. In particular, Oracle Database and Oracle Enterprise Manager form the basis of the Italian Data Processing Center's (DPCT) system which is located at ALTEC and has been developed to archive, manage and process the scientific data and results related to the Gaia mission.

With the support of the Italian Space Agency (ASI), the Italian National Institute of Astrophysics (Istituto Nazionale di Astrofisica, INAF) chose Oracle's technology to support its research activity within the Gaia mission, which has been launched by the European Space Agency (ESA) and which aims to create a precise three-dimensional map of the Milky Way galaxy.

In particular, INAF chose Oracle Database and Oracle Enterprise Manager to deliver the highest efficiency in archiving and processing scientific data collected by the Gaia satellite. In this way INAF confirmed the value of a choice already made by other authoritative international scientific institutions, such as CERN.

After much preparatory work, ESA's mission officially started on December 19th 2013, with the launch of the Gaia satellite. In the next 5 years, INAF will be in charge of managing and giving access to up to 1 petabyte of astronomical data (equivalent to 1 million gigabytes) that will be generated by the satellite's observation activity - around 1 hundred billion elementary observations are foreseen - and that will be stored in the mission archive at the Italian Data Processing Center (DPCT).

In order to be able to manage such an extraordinary volume of data, INAF needed to rely on a system characterized by very high availability, absolute reliability and extreme security. For 4 years before Gaia satellite's launch, INAF and ALTEC - the Italian center of excellence specialized in the supply of engineering and logistic services for the International Space Station, which also operates the DPCT - have been working to develop a technological infrastructure based on three instances of Oracle Database for development, production and archiving activities related to the Gaia mission. Together with Oracle Database, INAF deployed Oracle Advanced Compression to reduce data volumes, expected to be in the petabyte range, to manageable sizes, in order to keep hardware infrastructure costs low and shorten back-up times.

Oracle Enterprise Manager was also deployed to efficiently manage the multiple Oracle Database instances and their use with Oracle Real Application Clusters, allowing more than 1,200 operations to occur simultaneously. Oracle Enterprise Manager is also used to ensure reliable access to Gaia mission data stored in Oracle Database for numerous third-party applications and systems that control and verify the correct functioning of satellites and astronomical instruments.

During the important four-year phase of launch preparation, Oracle Advanced Customer Support Services specialists helped INAF and ALTEC to develop and test the complete system, through simulations and the customization of astronomically oriented features for Oracle Database.

"Our activity within the Gaia mission will provide a huge volume of information, a very precious heritage of astronomical data that will have to be stored for the whole 21st century and beyond", stated Roberto Morbidelli, Scientific Operation Manager at INAF. "Oracle has demonstrated in other research contexts that it would be the ideal technological partner to manage scientific projects of this kind of size. Thus we are sure that it will be a successful choice for INAF too. Oracle has been selected for its technology's reliability, scalability, availability and the appropriate technological evolution planned in the next years; also key was the competence showed by Oracle experts in the development of features useful to our research."

"We are proud to offer our technology to the Gaia mission, an international research project that is of both major importance and high ambition", stated Xavier Verhaeghe, Vice President, Technology & Big Data Oracle EMEA. "INAF's choice is another confirmation of Oracle's ability to easily manage the extreme challenges involved in processing petabytes of Big Data."

Source: Oracle

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Primeur weekly 2014-01-27

Special

A farewell to Hans Meuer ...

The Cloud

VMware to acquire AirWatch ...

New Australian retail ISP Jiva implements Oracle Service Cloud to empower customers ...

Red Hat upgrades Cloud infrastructure offerings to deliver on the Open Hybrid Cloud Vision ...

Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization 3.3 enables OpenStack-ready Cloud infrastructure ...

Desktop Grids

JPPF 4.0 raises the bar in the Grid computing arena ...

EuroFlash

Prof. Dr. Hans Werner Meuer passed away January 20, 2014, aged 77 ...

PhD Fellowship Programme at BSC-CNS ...

The Bull group launches "One Bull", its strategic plan for 2014-2017 ...

The Italian National Institute of Astrophysics (INAF) entrusts scientific data management to Oracle ...

USFlash

SDSC and Leidos to help develop new cybersecurity reference architecture for electrical microgrids ...

SDSC announces 2014 Internship Opportunities for High School Students ...

SC14 Workshop Proposals due February 7th ...

Donated supercomputer to supercharge New Zealand research ...

Houston Methodist Licenses Its Computer Augmented Virtual Environment To Facts And Figures ...

IBM closes acquisition of Aspera ...

Suzhou PowerCore Technology Co. intends to use IBM POWER technology for chip design that pushes innovation in China ...

Lenovo plans to acquire IBM's x86 server business ...

KDDI selects Oracle SuperCluster to strengthen authentication system for mobile core network and support rapid data growth ...

SGI launches new performance-optimized enterprise storage systems and new All-Flash array for Big Data and HPC workloads ...

Liz King joins SGI as Senior Vice President, Worldwide Sales ...

AMD offers new levels of efficiency with 12- and 16-core additions to the AMD Opteron 6300 Series ...

Dot Hill Ultra48 AssuredSAN storage arrays bring industry-first 2U 48 ultra density form factor, high performance, and enhanced efficiency to the data centre ...

Cirrascale announces improved power solution for BladeRack 2 F-Series ...