October 5-9, 2014


O7.6 Building model universes in the "cloud": the Theoretical Astrophysical Observatory (TAO)

Darren Croton (Swinburne University of Technology)

Darren Croton, Swinburne University of Technology

In this talk I will discuss the use of new technologies to build and deliver cosmological-scale galaxy formation simulations to the astronomy community. Combining high performance computing, a "web 2.0" front-end architecture, and cloud-based processing and storage, the NeCTAR funded "Theoretical Astrophysical Observatory" (TAO; https://tao.asvo.org.au) allows astronomers construct their own mock universes from a range of different simulations, filter the output through virtual telescopes, and download the results for their own scientific use. TAO is of value to both large survey teams and individuals, and serves a wide range of scientific needs.

Mode of presentation: Invited Speaker (need to be confirmed by the SOC)

Applicable ADASS XXIV theme category: Large surveys