VIRGO - Virgo

Program Description: VIRGO is a massive Michelson laser interferometer made of two orthogonal arms, each three kilometers long. The instrument's very high sensitivity, should allow detection of gravitational radiation produced by supernovae and the coalescence of binary systems in the Milky Way and in outer galaxies. Virgo is the European organization to the LIGO program

Year Started: 2003.

Organization Description: Virgo has been funded by the French CNRS (Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique) and the Italian INFN (Istituto Nazionale di Fisica Nucleare). Virgo is the result of a close collaboration between several hundreds of French and Italian physicists and engineers belonging to eleven research laboratories. Many industrial firms have also been involved in its realization. The European Gravitational Observatory (EGO) has been created in December 2000, by CNRS and INFN in order to ensure the completion and then the long term scientific exploitation of VIRGO as well as to support and foster research and collaboration in Europe in this upcoming field.

Data Description: VIRGO runs day and night, listening to all signals that arrive at any time from any part of the universe. The data cominig from the interferometer as well as the ancillary data necessary to its control (4Mbytes/s) are subjected to a preliminary analysis for quality check and a quick detection of potentially interesting anomalous signals. The data is then put at the disposal of the scientific collaboration, for a deeper analysis

Project Type: Instrument

Project Domains: Math and Physical Sciences

Budget: 10 million euro annually

International Funding: CNRS

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?
European Gravitational Observatory, based at Cascina, near Pisa on the river Arno plain., Italy 43.6759,10.5559 Instrument Data Not Specified 1.00 - -