A meeting in Santiago, Chile, organized by the National University Network of Chile (Red Universitaria Nacional - REUNITE) and with the participation of ANSP, opens the debate on the needs of data communication in Astronomy projects.


Throughout the day, on 19 August 2013, the South American Astronomy Coordination Committee (SAACC) of the Amlight project met at the Center for Mathematical Modeling  (CMM), at the University of Chile, in order to discuss the needs of data communication of the various Astronomy projects in progress or about to begin on the continent, and to plan their future.

The meeting, organized by the National University Network of Chile (Red Universitaria Nacional - REUNITE) was hosted by Professor Eduardo Vera, director of the Laboratory for High Performance Computing at the University of Chile. Participating in the meeting were the principal Researchers from the Amlight and ANSP projects, Julio Ibarra Fernandez and Luis Lopez; the Executive Director of REUNITE, Paola Arellano, and around twenty researchers from the United States and Chile, including Chris Smith, director of the Cerro Tololo Inter-American Observatory, CHILE, and Ron Lambert, director of the Computing Service Infrastructure at the U.S. National Optical Astronomy Observatory.

Several projects were discussed, but on this occasion, discussions were dominated by the Large Synoptic Survey Telescope (LSST) project, the budget for which was recently approved by the U.S. government and which will have Brazilian participation. From 2015, the systems required to operate the telescope will begin to be tested, requiring a bandwidth from Santiago, São Paulo and Miami, in the order of 10 Gbps, which will grow annually by 80 Gbps when it becomes fully operational in 2020.

Read more about the SAAC meetings at: http://amlight.net/communities/communities.html#4