Metsähovi participated in a 3-year project NEXPReS concluded in June
Metsähovi Radio Observatory participated in a three year project NEXPReS (Novel EXplorations Pushing Robust e-VLBI Services) concluded at the end of June, 2013.
The aim of NEXPReS was to eliminate the distinction between traditional disk-based VLBI and real-time e-VLBI by incorporating elements of each into every observation by the European VLBI Network (EVN).
Metsähovi's part in NEXPReS was to develop a high-bandwidth, high-capacity networked storage system. The main design purpose of "Flexbuff" is data buffering at the telescope stations, but it also addresses the need for long-term storage and correlator buffering. Research of this type of system was previously carried out on custom-built storage systems, but work with NEXPReS has proven that similar results can be accomplished with commercial, off-the-shelf components.
NEXPReS project was funded by the European Union's Seventh Framework Programme under Grant Agreement RI-261525. It was comprised of 15 partner institutes in eleven countries and coordinated by the Joint Institute for VLBI in Europe (JIVE) in the Netherlands.
For more information, see press release in NEXPReS web site: