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European Space Agency Chooses CACHÉ For Gaia Mission to Map Milky Way

European Space Agency Chooses InterSystems CACHÉ Database For Gaia Mission to Map Milky Way

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Release Date: Monday, May 10, 2010

InterSystems Corporation today announced that the European Space Agency (ESA) has selected the InterSystems CACHÉ® high-performance object database to support the scientific processing of the Gaia mission. This mission's aim is to map the Milky Way with unprecedented precision.

The Gaia mission will launch in mid-2012 to conduct a census of all the billion stars in our galaxy.  Gaia will observe all celestial objects down to their lowest magnitude. Each object will be observed an average of 70 times during a five-year period, precisely charting their positions, distances, movements and changes in brightness.  Gaia is expected to discover hundreds of thousands of new objects, such as extra-solar planets and failed stars known as brown dwarfs.  Within our own solar system, Gaia will be able to identify hundreds of thousands of asteroids.

Due to the high volume of data that will be collected and analyzed by ESA, this project requires performance and scalability that go above and beyond normal database capabilities. These needs led the European Space Astronomy Center that ESA operates in Madrid to select CACHÉ to assist in processing the satellite research data.

William O'Mullane, Scientific Operations Manager of the Gaia mission for ESA, pointed out, "With CACHÉ, we obtain considerably superior performance and scalability than is possible with other databases.  We are able to store tens of thousands of Java objects per second directly into CACHÉ and to maintain the capability to execute SQL queries on the data".

Jordi Calvera, Country Manager of InterSystems Iberia, concluded, "InterSystems CACHÉ has been designed to meet the needs of projects with high-volume data analysis. We are delighted by ESA's decision to use CACHÉ and to work with InterSystems."


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About InterSystems

InterSystems CACHE' is a high performance object database that makes applications faster and more scalable. InterSystems Ensemble® is a seamless platform for integration and the development of connectable applications. InterSystems HealthShare™ is a platform that enables the fastest creation of an Electronic Health Record for regional or national health information exchange. InterSystems DeepSee™ is software that makes it possible to embed real-time business intelligence capabilities in transactional applications. InterSystems TrakCare™ is a Web-based healthcare information system that rapidly delivers the benefits of an Electronic Patient Record. For more information, visit InterSystems.com.

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About Cache

InterSystems has enhanced the Caché database with MultiValue data access. Caché natively supports MultiValue data files and dictionaries, a MultiValue query language, MultiValue Basic, PROCs, and more.

Not only do MultiValue applications run on Caché, but the skills that built those applications can be used throughout the InterSystems technology stack. MultiValue developers can take advantage of:

  • Object syntax in MultiValue Basic
  • Seamless SQL and object projections of data
  • Web services
  • InterSystems Zen technology for building rich, interactive Web interfaces
  • Advanced security features
  • Browser-based system management
  • InterSystems DeepSee for embedded real-time business intelligence
  • InterSystems Ensemble for integration and work flow

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