A principal component of ADACS is the provision of expertise for the design and development of software tools and infrastructure. In addition to providing resources and support for our major data platforms (e.g. the All-Sky Virtual Observatory project, and the gSTAR data management and collaboration platform), ADACS provides support to other small-to-intermediate scale tools/platforms by providing scientific computing and software development as a service. This service is delivered by a diversely qualified team with expertise covering a variety of areas including (but not limited to): system analysis and design, scientific computing, high-performance computing, data science, web development, large-scale scientific databases, cloud computing and scientific visualization. The allocation of these resources will be merit-based with the final evaluation performed by the Astronomy Data and Computing Services Time Allocation Committee.
To prepare the community for effective proposals, we split the application process into two stages: an expressions of interest (EOI) stage where we ask interested parties to submit a one-page proposal outlining their scientific objectives, to which we will provide detailed feedback regarding feasibility, optimal approaches and required resources; and a subsequent round of formal submissions.