The Canadian Advanced Network For Astronomical Research (CANFAR) is a 2 1/2-year project that is delivering a
network-enabled platform for the accessing, processing, storage, analysis, and distribution of very large astronomical
datasets. The CANFAR infrastructure is being implemented as an International Virtual Observatory Alliance (IVOA)
compliant web service infrastructure. A challenging feature of the project is to channel all survey data through Canadian
research cyberinfrastructure. Sitting behind the portal service, the internal architecture makes use of high-speed
networking, cloud computing, cloud storage, meta-scheduling, provisioning and virtualisation. This paper describes the
high-level architecture and the current state of the project.
The Canadian Astronomy Data Centre (CADC) manages the data collections of the CFHT, JCMT, HST and Gemini
telescopes plus data from several other projects. In the past five years, the role of the CADC has changed. It is now an
integral part of telescope operations and provides support for PIs, project teams and the Virtual Observatory. This paper
will describe the drivers for this new role, how the CADC has responded to these needs and the operational experience
with three major telescope facilities. The advantages and disadvantages of this role for a multi-mission data centre will
also be discussed.