What is Pitt BrokerΒΆ

The Pitt-Google Broker is a cloud-based, alert distribution service designed to provide near real-time processing of data from large-scale astronomical surveys like the Legacy Survey of Space and Time (LSST). LSST will deliver on order a million real-time alerts each night providing information on astronomical targets within 60 seconds of observation. The Pitt-Google Broker is a scalable broker system designed to maximize the availability and usefulness of the LSST alert data by combining cloud-based analysis opportunities with value-added data products.

The Pitt-Google Broker is designed to run on the Google Cloud Platform (GCP) and is currently focused on processing alerts from the Zwicky Transient Facility (ZTF) and the LSST Alert Simulator (AlertSim) as a testing ground.