CamHD Compute Engine


Welcome to the CamHD Compute Engine (CCE). The CCE is a computational platform that allows users to investigate, process, and visualize data from the OOI CamHD camera system. CamHD is currently located in the ASHES hydrothermal vent field on Axial Seamount, and collects approximately 100 gigabytes of data per day during normal operations. The official CamHD Raw Data Archive currently houses over 80 terabytes of data, making it difficult to download these data for analysis. The CCE allows users to work on a large subset of the CamHD data remotely without downloading raw data.

Currently the main component of the CCE is a JupyterHub server with a large subset of the CamHD data on local storage. The current CamHD dataset includes all of the data from the first camera deployment, from November 2015 to July 2016, and is about 25 TB in size. The JupyterHub server currently has several kernels available, including Python 3.6, Python 2.7, Google Go, and a custom PyCamHD kernel for working with the PyCamHD module. Users also have the option of installing custom kernels.

Getting Started

To obtain an account on the system, first make sure you have a GitHub account, which is how users authenticate. Next, send an email to with your GitHub user name to have it whitelisted. Finally, go to the CamHD JupyterHub to log in. If you are new to Jupyter, you may want to explore this introduction to the platform.


Several example notebooks are available on GitHub. You can clone the example repository into your home directory using the Jupyter terminal window to get a working copy of the examples and adapt them for your research. See the instructions in the examples repository for more information.


CamHDHub Examples
Raw Data Archive
Live Video
Jupyter Basics

Funding and Acknowledgements

The CamHD Compute Engine was funded by the National Science Foundation and by the Lamont–Doherty Earth Observatory. The CamHD system was designed and built by the University of Washington's Applied Physics Lab, and is operated by the University of Washington. The Ocean Observatories Initiative funds the operation of the Cabled Array. The Rutgers OOI Data Team manages the data from the CamHD system.