HNSciCloud use cases
HNSciCloud Early Adopter group of research organisations tested the HNSciCloud pilot platform services in different use cases. Goals, challenges and benefits of each use case are presented below.
LOFAR (Low Frequency Array) is the first of a new kind of telescope that uses an array of simple omnidirectional antennas as opposed to a dish antenna for mechanical signal processing. The electronic signals obtained from the antennas are digitized and transported to a central digital processor. The antennas are simple enough, but there are a lot of them – and indeed about 7,000 in the full LOFAR design. The main goal of the LOFAR use case is to test, and later put into production, separate location of data storage and computing resources distributed throughout Europe. The Helix Nebula science cloud would grant this opportunity due to the availability of the highspeed network connections of the Geant Cloud VRF infrastructure, and the pricing model based on compute and storage alone. The transparent data access functionality would even increase ease of use.Astronomy