11 August 2015

Facilities and resources

image preview-2The Institute of Astrophysics is located in the San Joaquín campus of the UC. The offices of teachers and students are distributed in a two-story building. The Institute has access to all the facilities of the Faculty and University, including libraries, multiple rooms, laboratories, internet, video conferencing, banks and other services. The university has online access to the major journals in Astronomy.

The Institute of Astrophysics has two clusters of 512 and 520 cores each. These are for high capacity and multi calculations work, which is mainly used for cosmological simulations. The Institute houses astronomical databases, including a mirror of the SAO/NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS).

Members of the Institute have access to 10% of the time in all chilean observatories in northern Chile. These include the four VLT telescopes at Paranal, Gemini South on Cerro Pachon, the two Magellan telescopes at Las Campanas Observatory and sub-millimeter interferometer ALMA at Chajnantor plateau.

The Institute has a Teaching Observatory and a radiotelescope for teaching. It also has the historic observatory Manuel Foster at Cerro San Cristóbal and a workshop in the San Joaquín campus to repair, upgrade and improve our telescopes.

Teaching Observatory

The teaching observatory, opened in January 2005, is located in Lo Barnechea , within the Hacienda Santa Martina (Nature & Golf Club). Here our students made ​​their first scientific observations , and in addition we have a program for visits from schools.

The Santa Martina Teaching Observatory has a 50 cm telescope donated by the European Southern Observatory (ESO), a 40 cm donated by the International Observatory of Cerro Tololo and two DAA acquired funds and support from the UC. To this group joins other installed outside the main building of the Institute of Astrophysics and works by remote control, ownership of American consortium SLOOH.

For more information visit the Observatory web.


This radio telescope is located on the roof of IA and used for teaching.



The Institute of Astrophysics has a computer network that includes a cluster, managed by the Center for Astro-Engineering (AIUC), consisting of 64 nodes with a total of 128 Intel Xeon Quad -Core CPUs (512 cores), 1024 GB of RAM 40 TB of disk space (iSCSI ), and a Linux system running 64- bit architecture on a 10 Gbps Ethernet network.

In early 2013, this cluster was complemented by a new 520-core CPU cluster with 18 Tflops and 3 TB memory. In the original 30 TB of disk space were added 150 TB disk normal access and 45 TB of fast disk I/O. We also have a GPU cluster with 1792 NVidia Tesla Cores, with 96 GB of memory.

IA users have access to the cluster through personal accounts and access to the cluster resources to the DRM system that defines the use and priority of each user to total resources.

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