CTA - Cherenkov Telescope Array


Program Description: The Cherenkov Telescope Array project is an initiative to build the next generation ground-based very high energy gamma-ray instrument. It is proposed as an open observatory and will consist of two arrays of IACTs, a first array at the Northern Hemisphere with emphasis on the study of extragalactic objects at the lowest possible energies, and a second array at the Southern Hemisphere, which is to cover the full energy range and concentrate on galactic sources. The physics program of CTA goes beyond high energy astrophysics into Cosmology and Fundamental Physics. The selected instrument Southern sites will be in Aar, Namibia and Atacama, Chile or in Argentina. The two Northern sites will be in either the US or Mexico. Will be run as a virtual observatory. We think a typical observation raw data is at level of 10TB; much processing needed but not clear where that will be done. Astronomers hope to be ready to start construction by the end of 2015 and to begin full operations in around 2020.

Year Started: 2020.

Organization Description: N/A

Data Description: The CTA Consortium consists of over 1000 scientists working in more than 170 research institutes from 28 countries in 5 continents: Argentina, Armenia, Australia, Austria, Brazil, Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, India, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Mexico, Namibia, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Slovenia, South Africa, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, the UK and the USA Pierre Auger Observatory

Project Type: Instrument

Project Domains: Math and Physical Sciences

Budget: 277 Million US

Program Data

Location Lat/Lon Coordinates Location Type Data Type Data Generation Single Data Instance Size (TB) Estimated Daily Data Size (GB) Estimated Annual Data Size (PB) Average Sustained Throughput (Gbps) Maximum Sustained Throughput (Gbps) Online Repository Size (PB) Total Repository Size (PB) Delay Tolerance (minutes) Jitter Sensitive? Uses the Cloud?
Locations will include both southern and northern hemisphere locations Not Specified Not Specified Instrument Not Specified 10.00 - -