The next generation incoherent scatter radar system


EISCAT_3D will be the world’s leading facility for research of the upper atmosphere and the near Earth space or the geospace environment. Construction kicked off in September 2017, with the first stage of the radar system expected to become operational in 2021. The EISCAT_3D facility will be distributed across three sites in Scandinavia, each over a 70m circular area and 10.000 antennas.

The challenge

EISCAT_3D radar opens up new opportunities for physicists to explore a variety of research fields, but it comes with significant challenges in handling large-scale experimental data. The incoming data rates of 99Tb/s need to be reduced to a few PB/year to be within funding limits.

EGI-EISCAT_3D collaboration

EISCAT and EGI set up a Competence Centre (CC) in the context of the EGI-Engage project to provide researchers with data analysis tools to improve their scientific discovery opportunities.

The team developed a web portal for researchers to to discover, access and analyse the data generated by EISCAT_3D. The CC opted to use the EGI Workload Manager tool, based on the DIRAC interware.

The service provides a web-based graphical interface and command line interface to interact with data search and job management. The system also facilitates the development of data models and modelling tools within the EISCAT_3D community, and the applicability of operating a central portal service for scientists to interact and compute with EISCAT data.

Services used by EISCAT_3D

Cloud Compute

Online Storage