The working relationship between Amazon Web Services (AWS) and ICRAR began in 2012, through the SkyNet project. AWS provided an education grant to help financially support a collaborative relationship for astronomy R&D of data handling infrastructure.
The collaboration spanned over a year and through development of the relationship, ICRAR secured Amazon’s collaborative assistance in the SDP SKA pre-construction design package. Amazon is aiding ICRARs efforts in the design of the SKA Data Layer Work Package (within SDP).
The scope of works includes data storage, database architectures, the integration of cloud computing into scientific workflow among other tasks. AWS advanced expertise in cloud computing, data processing and delivery provide valuable input for the ICT team at ICRAR UWA.