SciServer is a revolutionary new approach to doing science by bringing the analysis to the data. SciServer consists of data hosting services coupled with integrated Tools that work together to create a full-featured system.

The SciServer system is described in detail in a paper in the journal Astronomy and Computing: SciServer: a Science Platform for Astronomy and Beyond (offsite link) (Taghizadeh-Popp et al. 2020).

About SciServer

SciServer is a fully integrated cyberinfrastructure system encompassing related tools and services to enable researchers to cope with scientific big data. SciServer enables a new approach that will allow researchers to work with Terabytes or Petabytes of scientific data, without needing to download any large datasets.

This SciServer approach offers tremendous advantages to scientists:

  • By offering Big Data search and analysis capabilities online…

    SciServer will make it easy to compare datasets and discover new and surprising connections between them.

  • By offering worldwide access to large simulation datasets…

    along with innovative new processing techniques, SciServer will open up computational science resources to scientists everywhere.

  • By providing a cloud-based scientific data storage system…

    that automatically interoperates between flat files and databases through a drag-and-drop interface, SciServer allows scientists to synthesize disparate datasets and take full advantage of their contents.

  • By adapting existing, working tools…

    SciServer builds on success, extending a system that has been functional and user-driven since its inception.

  • By developing new Citizen Science Projects…

    SciServer adds extensibility to worldwide distributed data, such as our Soil Ecology project which uses SciServer to gather worldwide distributed data across a range of climatic conditions.

  • By adding an extensive set of collaborative features…

    SciServer allows researchers to correlate their data sets with hosted data sets provided by external data providers.

Supported By

SciServer is funded by the National Science Foundation through its Data Infrastructure Building Blocks (DIBBs) program.
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SciServer addresses some of the most important challenges of modern science with a variety of innovative tools and approaches.


Taghizadeh-Popp, M., Kim, J. W., Lemson, G., Medvedev, D., Raddick, M. J., Szalay, A. S., Thakar, A. R., Booker, J., Chhetri, C., Dobos, L., & Rippin, M. 2020. . Astronomy and Computing, 33(100412), 1-15. doi:10.1016/j.ascom.2020.100412, arXiv:2001.08619.