On March 5, 2015, representatives from the Institut National de Physique Nucléaire et de Physique des Particules (IN2P3), of the Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique (CNRS), a French public scientific and technological institution, the Large Synoptic Survey Telescope Corporation (LSSTC), SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory, The LSST Project Office (LSSTPO), and The National Center for Supercomputing Applications (NCSA) at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, met in Paris, France to sign two agreements solidifying partnerships related to the construction, operations, and exploitation of the Large Synoptic Survey Telescope (LSST).
A Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) between IN2P3, LSSTC, LSSTPO, and NCSA established a partnership between the parties to enable IN2P3 to contribute to the LSST Data Release Processing during the survey operations of the facility. In exchange, a set of French scientists will collaborate in the scientific exploitation of the LSST database. Under this agreement IN2P3 will contribute to the data processing operations of LSST through the provision of communications, processing hardware, and labor necessary to support LSST annual data release processing as a satellite processing site to the NCSA LSST Archive Center. This agreement solidifies the partnership between CNRS/IN2P3, LSSTC, and NCSA that will be effective and remain in full force and effect through the end of the LSST survey operations.
The second agreement, between IN2P3, SLAC, and LSSTC, extended an existing scientific and technical collaboration between IN2P3 and SLAC into the fabrication phase of the Camera Project for the LSST. IN2P3 scientists and engineers at a set of nine distinct laboratories are involved in many areas of the camera development including the sensors and electronics, the filter system, camera control software, and integration and test.
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