Motivation

The research community has more data today than it did yesterday; and tomorrow it will have even more. The data does not stop.

Our community has access to resources for processing the data we’ve generated: national-scale computational facilities for the really big jobs, and localized clusters for the smaller stuff.

Institutions have the connectivity necessary for communicating data and providing access to it: more than 200 universities now have 100Gb connectivity to the Internet.

The challenge arises when we need to store the data and share it with our colleagues.


The OSN team has encountered this situation an ever-increasing number of times as the quantity and size of the data generated continues to grow.  This is likely a familiar story to you, the reader, as well.

The OSN endeavors to provide a national storage substrate for active scientific datasets that leverages the existing network infrastructure for communicating research data to other institutions and computational facilities.

 

Learn more about the OSN’s Design Goals.