9-12 May 2017
Europe/Rome timezone

Distributed Archive Prototype for the Cherenkov Telescope Array

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Eva Sciacca (INAF)


The [Cherenkov Telescope Array][1] (CTA) is the worldwide project for the future of Very High Energy gamma-ray astronomy with Cherenkov Telescopes. For the first time for this kind of instruments, CTA will be operated as an open observatory. The CTA Consortium consists of more than 1,200 scientists and engineers from 210 institutes in 32 countries and has become a truly global project (included in the roadmap of ESFRI since 2008). The CTA data and their scientific products need to be preserved in a dedicated archive guaranteed to provide open and widespread access to heterogeneous scientific communities. One of the major technological challenge is related to the data-handling and archiving of a huge amount of data coming from instruments and subsystems as well as final science products generated by the observatory facility. We present a first prototype of the CTA Archive using technologies developed within the Horizon2020 funded [INDIGO-DataCloud][2] project. In particular we focused on employing [OneData][3] solutions for developing a distributed system deployed as a federation of different storage entities. OneData virtualizes storage systems coming from federated resource-providers distributed globally. The most significant features include metadata synchronization and on-demand file transfer. The distributed architecture of the CTA archive will allow to lower costs with respect to a single huge data centre including easy manageability and maintenance. The distributed approach also takes care of redundancy policy since involved databases of metadata are distributed together with the storage sites. Finally, this solution is fault tolerant and risk-management free since it has no single point of failure and can easily solve any disaster recovery event thanks to the redundancy of the distributed approach. [1]: https://www.cta-observatory.org/ [2]: https://www.indigo-datacloud.eu/ [3]: https://onedata.org/

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Eva Sciacca (INAF)


Alessandro Costa (INAF) Dr L. Angelo Antonelli (ASDC) Dr Stefano Gallozzi (INAF-Osservatorio Astronomico di Roma)

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