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Day and Night, we’re mapping the sky (and producing terabytes of data)

20 Aug 2018, 15:59 UTC
Day and Night, we’re mapping the sky (and producing terabytes of data) Brian Kent/NRAO

The Very Large Array Sky Survey is observing 33,885 square degrees of the sky over seven years, mapping 82 percent of the total sky from its position in New Mexico. The survey generates terabytes of data. on a daily basis, and scientists are able to process this vast amount of data in real time, pushing computing power to its limits. Two of our scientists, Brian and Joe, write about some of the challenges they encountered trying to process this tsunami of information within a highly specialized data processing pipeline.

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