IRIS - Digital Sky Surveys at CASU

Lead Research Organisation: University of Cambridge
Department Name: Institute of Astronomy


To provide database, computational and storage infrastrurcture for digital sky surveys (e.g. VISTA, VST, WEAVE, DES) hosted by CASU for exploitation by the astronomy scientific community.

Refer to the Business Case for eInfrastructure for the exploitation of the UK National Facilities and STFC Frontier Science programme

Planned Impact

The impact is fully described in the Business Case for eInfrastructure for the exploitation of the UK National Facilities and STFC Frontier Science programme.

In summary the e-Infrastructure, including software infrastructure, will

- Provide badly needed additional resources for all STFC data intensive science communities undertaking science supported by PPAN and the National Facilities, thus enabling more science output.

- Address the STFC need to harmonise computing across STFC as called for by its Computing Strategy.

- Pilot engagement with UK industry in the provision of cloud based resources.

- Aid STFC in its need to move towards a National e-Infrastructure for research across Research Councils.


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Description The CASU hardware deployment has enabled the provision of a number of cloud based data access services to the UK Astronomical community.
Exploitation Route This hardware allocation is a part of the IRIS infrastructure project. This is successfully demonstrating economies of scale in h/w provision across the STFC remit.
Sectors Digital/Communication/Information Technologies (including Software),Healthcare,Other

Description This grant enabled hardware to deployed at CASU as part of the IRIS UK project.
First Year Of Impact 2020
Sector Healthcare
Description IRIS: Expanding Data Lake Access Services at CASU / IRIS hardware allocation grant for FY19 for IoA, Cambridge University
Amount £50,000 (GBP)
Funding ID ST/V00025X/1 
Organisation Science and Technologies Facilities Council (STFC) 
Sector Public
Country United Kingdom
Start 02/2020 
End 03/2020
Description STFC-IRIS 
Organisation STFC Laboratories
Department Council for the Central Laboratory of the Research Councils (CCLRC)
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution Development and deployment of science platform access to CASU image pixel and catalogue data for end user science analysis.
Collaborator Contribution Access to the IRIS infrastructure
Impact More effective use of shared computing facilities.
Start Year 2018