LSST: The Large Synoptic Survey Telescope
The Large Synoptic Survey Telescope (LSST) is a next-generation sky survey facility under construction in Chile. This international project will be fully operational by 2022.
LSST is one of the most ambitious science collaborations planned for the next decade, and it is expected to make advances over a large range of science, including potentially hazardous asteroids, the structure of the Milky Way, the most distant quasars, and the nature of dark matter and dark energy - all areas where UK astronomers can make leading contributions.
With support from the Science and Technologies Facilities Council (STFC), the LSST:UK Consortium has created the LSST:UK Science Centre, a distributed team of researchers and software developers addressing the scientific and technical challenges that must be met before astronomers can make their discoveries within the multi-petabyte dataset that LSST will produce during its ten-year sky survey.
EPCC is well-placed to support the computational requirements of UK astronomers participating in LSST. We have a strong track record in data-intensive science and high-performance computing. And through the eDIKT project, from 2008 we helped develop LSST data-management requirements for UK astronomy, and participated in cutting-edge LSST Data Challenge events.
EPCC project manager George Beckett will be seconded to LSST:UK from 2015 to 2019 to manage the establishment of the LSST:UK Science Centre and to complete the design of the computational infrastructure required for UK astronomers to curate and analyse LSST data over the life of the telescope.