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For the past year, the authors have been assembling requirements from a collection of scientific data base users from astronomy, particle physics, fusion, remote sensing, oceanography, and biology. The intent has been to specify a common set of requirements for a new science data base system, which they call SciDB. In addition, they have discovered that very complex business analytics share most of the same requirements as "Big science". The authors have also constructed a partnership of companies to fund the development of SciDB, including eBay, the Large Synoptic Survey Telescope (LSST), Microsoft, the Stanford Linear Accelerator Center (SLAC) and Vertica. Lastly, they have identified two "Lighthouse customers" (LSST and eBay) who will run the initial system, once it is constructed.
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