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Space Weather Data Services for the future DRACO Observatory

A cloud framework for state-of-the-art Space Weather data

Goal

To develop a cloud super computational pilot framework for the distribution and commercialisation of data from the future DRACO observatory. The outcome will be a framework for the analysis, storage and distribution of the state-of-the-art Space Weather data.

The ever increasing dependence of our society and its economic system on technology and its inherent vulnerability to extreme Space Weather events have raised awareness about the destructive effects that such events can have throughout a whole range of industries. This damaging effects can be greatly mitigated by applying the appropriate mitigation protocols, but more accurate, higher-confidence forecasts are needed. 

This the reason for developing the DRACO project: a future planetary-size distributed next-gen Cosmic Ray observatory that will generate unprecedentedly high resolution Space Weather data to strongly complement existing and future Space Weather data. An advanced cloud infrastructure is essential to manage the distribution and ensure the availability of this Space Weather data. This DS-DRACO pilot, inside the EOSC-hub project, is the first step to develop such data infrastructure.

Challenge

Due to the planetary size problematic, and to its near real time data needs, an appropriate data infrastructure has to be developed. This infrastructure must be capable of acquiring data from an increasing number of advanced Space Weather stations around the world, and must be able to store, process and distribute such data. The infrastructure must be not only scalable and have high performance, but it must be highly reliable and robust since the data will be used to develop what would be safety critical forecasts. The DS-DRACO will develop such cloud-based infrastructure, meeting this specifications to finally provide this data to researchers and industry alike.

Work plan

In the context of the EOSC-hub project, the DS-DRACO pilot will have the following stages:

  • First, the data production has to be developed, locally, working directly with the first advanced Space Weather prototype detectors developed in previous research projects.
  • Once the data is collected, different levels of processing will be applied.
  • All data will be managed locally in each station.
  • Then a cloud infrastructure will be defined to meet the project requirements.
  • Apart form meeting the performance specifications, the cloud infrastructure must implement a user interface for data access and visualization to create a Space Weather web portal.
  • Early adopters from several research institutions will be invited to test the system in the early stages.
  • The project will finish with a web portal ready to provide innovative Space Weather data.

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