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Scientists Built the 'Hubble Telescope For the Ocean' Using the Cloud 36

New submitter stacey7165 writes "VMware shared the application architecture story of how they worked with the Ocean Observatory Initiative to build a 'Hubble Telescope' of the ocean. It's comprised of a massive network of global, regional, and coastal sensors that send information to a common framework called the Common Operating Infrastructure (COI). The COI resides in a hybrid cloud powered by VMware and Amazon. To cope with a total of 49 classes and over 700 instruments deployed off of 6 coastlines, and a variety of consumption use cases, the Ocean Observatory Initiative built out the system using a variety of sub-systems loosely coupled through a messaging system powered by RabbitMQ called an 'Exchange.' Organized into a system where message clients pubsub from 'Exchange Points' and 'Exchange Spaces', the system is easier to maintain, extend, and scale. According to the OOI's documentation on release 1, the Integrated Observatory Network uses AMQP 0.9.1 and RabbitMQ-Server v. 2.3.1 on CentOS 5.5."
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Scientists Built the 'Hubble Telescope For the Ocean' Using the Cloud

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  • by vlm ( 69642 ) on Tuesday September 11, 2012 @04:47PM (#41305251)

    Cool specs, but the real entertainment is trying to figure out how its like the :

    'Hubble Telescope'

    Do they mean the equations to design it were wrong and not tested to save money?

    Or they mean the transport machine that installs and services it has been decommissioned?

    It makes pictures?

    Its gyros burn out on a regular basis (disclaimer, I've not been tracking this for years)

    Ah they must mean its just one machine a single observational instrument. Oh that contradicts the whole rest of the write up.

    Um... its a 1980s hardware design?

    Oh no wait I know, it costs a billion dollars each time it's serviced, whereas it would only cost a quarter that to build another and launch it on a non-reusable booster. Yeah that must be it.

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