How We Do It
The Center for Earth Observing and Space Research is housed in Research Hall, a multi-million dollar facility located within Mason’s main campus in Fairfax, Virginia. In addition to fundamental science, CEOSR provides needed infrastructure to support research projects falling within its focus areas.
More specifically, as part of the College of Science (COS), CEOSR has access to the COS Computing Facility which includes:
- an Origin 2000 with 16 processors and 4 GB RAM,
- a 65-node parallel PC cluster, and
- an SGI Altix supercomputer with 64 Intel Itanium processors and 128 Gbytes of shared memory.
Also, the COS Graduate Computational Laboratory contains a 25-workstation PC cluster with a 5 TB RAID system.
In addition to the facilities readily available at COS, CEOSR has its own laboratories with state-of-the-art software. In total, CEOSR has about 50 servers and desktop computers based on both Linux and Windows operating systems and data storage systems for total about 8TB disk space at this moment. CEOSR also has a HRPT antenna for receiving data from AVHRR and other satellites such as SeaWiFS and Chinese FengYun series and an Analytical Spectral Devices, Inc. (ASD) field portable, lightweight, 512-channel, photo-diode array spectroradiometer for hyperspectral measurements.
In terms of optical sensors CEOSR possesses various high resolution still (e.g. various Canon and Minolta cameras) and video digital cameras (e.g. SONY DCR), some with GPS Geo-location capabilities, and a network of wireless surveillance video cameras (Trendnet TV-IP200W) with a server used to collect and store their feeds. In addition to these facilities, all CEOSR personnel have, at their disposal, PCs and laptops.
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