U-M has made a strong commitment to the future of astronomy by investing in preferred access to major sky surveys like the Dark Energy Survey and the Large Synoptic Survey Telescope; individual faculty members also work with Pan-STARRS. Through their involvement in building the surveys, faculty have unique insight in how to make best use of the data.
"BEING INVOLVED IN THE
NEW LARGE SURVEYS…AND
STUDENTS’ PRIVILEGED ACCESS
TO RESOURCES LIKE MAGELLAN —
THAT’S WHAT’S HELPING OUR
STUDENTS PUSH THE BOUNDARIES
— PROF. CHRIS MILLER
The department’s instrumentation, data-mining, modeling, and image-analysis projects place high demands on computing resources. That’s why we access the University’s new cloud environment, where the infrastructure is continuously updated to stay ahead of demand — even from the data-intensive sky surveys. In addition, our faculty take advantage of the high-performance computing infrastructure available through NSF and other national and international organizations.
- The new Flux high-performance computing facility
- Direct connection to the NSF's Teragrid/XSEDE open scientific-discovery infrastructure with petaflop computing capabilities
- Campus-wide Value Storage with multi-terabyte data volumes
- Internal bandwidth within the Flux environment up to 25 Gbps (25x faster than Ethernet)
- External connectivity to the National LambdaRail backbone at 10 Gbps