StarGate Demo at SC09 Shows How to Keep Astrophysics Data Out of Archival "Black Holes"

Reserved Bandwidth on ESnet Makes Possible Mulit-Gigabit Streaming Between Argonne, SC Conference in Portland

November 20, 2009

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PORTLAND, Ore.—As both an astrophysicist and director of the San Diego Supercomputer Center (SDSC), Mike Norman understands two common perspectives on archiving massive scientific datasets. During a live demonstration at the SC09 conference of streaming data simulating cosmic structures of the early universe, Norman said that some center directors view their data archives as "black holes," where a wealth of data accumulates and needs to be protected.

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