Challenge
Shanghai Astronomical Observatory (SHAO), an institute of the Chinese Academy of Sciences, needed a high performance computing platform to take VLBI measurement and determine orbit positioning for the Chang’e-3 probe as it prepared to support the first lunar soft-landing.
Solution
The organization selected Dell as its key IT solutions provider of blades, servers and storage used for real-time data processing by the VLBI sub-system responsible for tracking the interferometry during the probe’s journey and its controlled lunar descent. SHAO also worked with Dell Infrastructure Consulting Services to customize their solution, and engaged Dell ProSupport Plus for real-time, proactive support to eliminate the risk of downtime.
Benefits
• HPCC meets long-term technical requirements of space missions
• High-availability for critical systems controlling lunar descent
• Data calculation transmission from Shanghai Astronomical Observatory to Beijing Control Center is achieved in less than 60 seconds
• Downtime is eliminated with 50 percent faster response time
• Successful soft landing powers ongoing scientific exploration