Astrogrid is a 5M project aimed at building a data-grid for UK astronomy, which will form the UK contribution to a global VirtualObservatory. It is also one of several Grid projects in the UK's e-science initiative - more information on these can be obtained from the National E-science Centre. AstroGrid is funded via the UK's Particle Physics & Astronomy Research Council(PPARC). The project was formally started on 2001 September 1, although development began early in 2000.

From the project's initial proposal:

The goals of the AstroGrid project are :

  • A working datagrid for key UK databases
  • High throughput datamining facilities for interrogating those databases
  • A uniform archive query and data-mining software interface
  • The ability to browse simultaneously multiple datasets
  • A set of tools for integrated on-line analysis of extracted data
  • A set of tools for on-line database analysis and exploration
  • A facility for users to upload code to run their own algorithms on the datamining machines
  • An exploration of techniques for open-ended resource discovery

Many of these goals are common to other nations and other disciplines. We will work in collaboration with related projects worldwide to deliver these goals.

For more information on the Astrogrid project, have a look at the project wiki: Astrogrid.WebHome

-- TonyLinde - 18 Jan 2002

Topic revision: r3 - 2002-01-29 - 09:37:13 - TonyLinde
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