DPAC is a collaboration drawing its membership from all over Europe, including a diverse community of more than 300 scientists and software engineers, spread throughout more than 15 countries, and six large Data Processing Centres. The consortium brings together skills and expertise from across the continent.
The DPAC is the community structure responding the ESA Announcement of Opportunity. The DPAC has set up an internal organisation and management structure and secured the availability of the necessary hardware to carry out the tasks. It is formed around a set of Coordination Units (CU) each responsible for a key aspect of the data processing. CUs may be sub-divided into smaller groups called Development Units (DU) and in charge of one or more work packages. The CUs are supported by a set of Data Processing Centres (DPC) and the overall coordination is performed by the consortium executive (DPACE).
In short the DPAC is responsible for: