Several organizations in BC are collaborating in the local setup of a new major astrophysics international research facility. The Pacific Ocean Neutrino Experiment is a new type of astrophysical observatory that will use neutrino instead of photons to detect phenomena occurring in the universe. The Pacific Ocean Neutrino Experiment (P-ONE) is new astrophysical observatory that will use neutrinos instead of photons to detect phenomena occurring in the universe. This contribution, co-presented with collaborators from SFU, TRIUMF and Ocean Networks Canada will describe the project and its partners, the expected results, the technological challenges and the timeline. In particular, we will present some of the data processing challenges, with emphasis on the data volumes produced by the detectors underwater and the associated data network requirements. In addition, we will highlight the implications of the timing needs for such as system.

Summit Speaker

Benoît Pirenne

DIrector, User Engagement, Ocean Networks Canada

Benoît Pirenne is Ocean Networks Canada’s Director, User Engagement. He joined the University of Victoria in October 2004 to build the Data Management and Archiving System for the NEPTUNE and VENUS ocean observatories. The division he directs consists of four departments: Science Services, Applied Science Solutions, the Canadian Integrated Ocean Observing System — Pacific Regional Association, and the World Data System — International Technology Office. Previously, Benoît spent 18 years at the European Southern Observatory (ESO, Munich, Germany), a leading Organization for astronomical research. At ESO Benoît assumed a number of scientific and technical positions. As Head of the Operations Technical Support Department in this Organization, he was responsible for running the data management and archiving system supporting both ESO's telescopes and the NASA/ESA's Hubble Space Telescope. Benoît earned a B.CSc. from Liège, Belgium, and a M.CSc. from the University of Namur, Belgium.

Summit Speaker

Felix Henningsen

Postdoctoral Researcher, Simon Fraser University

Felix Henningsen is a post-doctoral fellow at Simon Fraser University (SFU), and currently the acting Technical Coordinator of the P-ONE Experiment. He directs the calibration efforts for the experiment and is leading its main calibration laboratory at SFU with a research focus on laser-based and acoustic instrumentation. He further leads efforts toward the calibration, simulation, and study of the P-ONE detector in dynamic, deep-ocean environments to enable the science potential of the experiment. Before joining SFU in 2022, he completed his PhD in 2021 with the Max Planck Institute for Physics in Munich, where he was a project leader for instrumentation intended for the IceCube Upgrade detector at the South Pole. Before that, he earned both his B.Sc. and M.Sc. title from the Technical University Munich in 2016 and 2018, respectively, for astroparticle- and deep-ocean detector developments.

Summit Speaker

Ben Smith

DAQ Programmer, TRIUMF

Ben Smith is a Data Acquisition Programmer at TRIUMF, Canada's national particle accelerator centre. Ben is involved in a wide variety of local, national and international physics experiments, ranging from material science to searches for dark matter. He specialises in writing software for configuring and monitoring the hardware used in these experiments, and rapidly acquiring and processing the resulting data. He contributes to the open-source MIDAS DAQ framework that is used by a large number of physics experiments around the world. Before joining TRIUMF in 2014, he completed his PhD in particle physics at Imperial College London.

View slide deck

Technology Track

Session Format
Speaker Presentation (45 mins)