Prof. Gang Zhao, Deputy Director General of National Astronomical Observatories, Chinese Academy of Sciences (NAOC), Mr. Hua Qin, General Manager of Huawei Chile, and Dr. Darcy Fuenzalida, President of Technical University of Federico Santa Maria of Chile (UTFSM), jointly signed the agreement on May 25, to create the China-Chile Joint Astronomical Data Center at the witness of Premier Li Keqiang and Chilean President Michelle Bachelet.
The China-Chile Joint Astronomical Data Center is one of the most important projects of the Chinese Academy of Sciences South America Center for Astronomy (CASSACA) since its establishment in October 2013 in Santiago. The Joint Data Center is a joint endeavor the CASSACA, Huawei and UTFSM. CASSACA, supported by NAOC under the Chinese Academy of Sciences, has strong S&T resources. Huawei is one of the world leaders in production of hardware, and UTFSM is one of the top universities in computing science in Chile. The establishment of the Joint Data Center is a landmark event of the China-Chile bilateral science and technology cooperation. This Joint Center has the advantages of broadband transmission, mass storage and high performance computing, which will facilitate Chinese and Chile researchers to share and make full use of enormous astronomical data of ALMA, a world-class telescope in the northern Chile, and benefit astronomical research for both Chinese and Chilean communities.
Chile is the most ideal places in the world for the construction of astronomical observation facilities, as a result of its excellent geographical conditions, great support from its government and open policies.