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Primeur weekly 2014-03-17

Exascale supercomputing

Addressing the Big Data challenge in radio astronomy ...

The Cloud

VMware launches VMware Horizon DaaS to enable simple and flexible delivery of desktops in the Cloud ...

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International research into controlled nuclear fusion (ITER project), gets more compute resources with expansion of the Helios supercomputer ...

The SKA takes off with GBP119 million contribution from the UK ...

USFlash

Big Data tackles tiny molecular machines ...

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Terascala releases latest version of groundbreaking high performance data movement solution ...

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Mellanox Announces LinkX the most comprehensive product family of cables and transceivers for data Centre infrastructures ...

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The SKA takes off with GBP119 million contribution from the UK


11 Mar 2014 Jodrell Bank Observatory - The UK Science Minister, the Rt Hon David Willetts announced funding of GBP100 million (120 million euro) for the Square Kilometre Array (SKA) project, speaking ahead of an event at Jodrell Bank Observatory. The emblematic observatory hosts the headquarters of the SKA Organisation, which leads the project. The Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC) also confirmed that it is investing GBP 19 million over the next four years in the SKA project.

"After the International Space Station and the Large Hadron Collider the world's next great science project is the Square Kilometre Array", declared the Minister. "Investment in science is a crucial part of this government's long-term economic plan. It's about investing in our future, helping grow new industries and create more jobs - and that will mean more financial security for people across the country."

This represents a major investment in the SKA, whose first phase (Phase 1) of construction has been cost-capped at 650 million euro.

Under the current schedule for the project, funding for construction of Phase 1 is due to be confirmed by 2016 with start of construction expected in 2018 and early science expected to start in 2020.

Effectively, Minister Willetts' announcement secures a significant portion of the construction budget for Phase 1, bringing the project that much closer to taking off.

Following the announcement Prof. Phil Diamond, Director General of the SKA Organisation, stated: "This is a really exciting announcement for the SKA and a solid proof that the project is now really underway. With such a major investment secured there is no stopping it."

The SKA project is an international effort to build the world's largest radio telescope. In a huge leap forward in both engineering and research & development, the SKA will use hundreds of dishes and hundreds of thousands of antennas connected together by optical fibre, and co-located in Africa and in Australia. Thanks to its sheer scale, the SKA will tackle transformational science questions, ranging from black holes, galaxy evolution, dark energy, cosmic magnetism, even gravity and life in the Universe itself.

The SKA project has been moving forward at a steady pace with the establishment of the SKA Organisation as the supervising body to oversee the project in 2011, the dual site selection in 2012 and the start of the final design phase of the project in November 2013, with the selection of 11 teams - so called consortia - each designing a specific element of the telescope. This represents over 350 scientists from 100 organisations from the public, private and industrial sectors in some 20 countries around the globe, working on designing this revolutionary machine.

Prof. John Womersley, CEO of the UK's Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC) and chair of the SKA Board, stated: "It's fantastic news for the SKA. This represents a significant investment on behalf of the UK and, along with our other contributions, aims to confirm the UK’s leading role in key aspects of the project."

STFC also confirmed that it is investing GBP19 million over the next four years in the SKA project, made up of a capital investment in Big Data of GBP 11 million and a further GBP2 million a year in the on-going core programme.

The UK is already heavily involved in the effort to design the computing and software for the project which will have a data processing capacity 1,000 times greater than currently available.

The GBP19 million from STFC will be made up of grants to the three main SKA technical institutes in the UK, the Universities of Cambridge, Manchester and Oxford, along with the University College London and the University of Southampton.

The announcement comes as the SKA's Board meeting is taking place at the SKA Headquarters, with high-level representatives from all 11 member countries attending. In another confirmation of the SKA's convincing development, more member states are also expected to join the SKA Organisation in 2014.

The Netherlands eScience Center is involved in the DOME project, which aims to develop advanced technologies for handling the massive amount of data that will be produced by the Square Kilometer Array (SKA). The NLeSC astronomy project Big Data for the Big Bang is also extremely important in the development of hardware and software for SKA.
Source: Square Kilometre Array Organisation

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Primeur weekly 2014-03-17

Exascale supercomputing

Addressing the Big Data challenge in radio astronomy ...

The Cloud

VMware launches VMware Horizon DaaS to enable simple and flexible delivery of desktops in the Cloud ...

Oracle showcases next-generation Cloud applications user experiences in Europe ...

EuroFlash

More secure communications thanks to quantum physics ...

Signal control with light frequencies ...

International research into controlled nuclear fusion (ITER project), gets more compute resources with expansion of the Helios supercomputer ...

The SKA takes off with GBP119 million contribution from the UK ...

USFlash

Big Data tackles tiny molecular machines ...

Cirrascale announces support for Intel Xeon processor E5-4600 v2 product family with VB2400 and RM2400 product lines ...

Technologies developed for providing flexible wide area networks with SDN, a global first ...

NEC wins SEA-ME-WE 5 Contract to strengthen ultra-broadband undersea connectivity between Singapore and France NEC will deploy the segment from Singapore to Sri Lanka and co-contractor Alcatel-Lucent the segments from Sri Lanka to France ...

NEC's latest SDN release increases scalability 10x with new Unified Network Coordinator (UNC) ...

VMware announces general availability of VMware Virtual SAN ...

Terascala releases latest version of groundbreaking high performance data movement solution ...

Supermicro announces Cluster-in-a-Box storage solution running Windows Storage Server 2012 R2 standard edition ...

Supermicro spotlights extreme density, ultra low power 6U 112-node microblade and advanced computing technologies ...

'Ultracold' molecules promising for quantum computing and simulation ...

Quantum physics secures new cryptography scheme ...

Mellanox Announces LinkX the most comprehensive product family of cables and transceivers for data Centre infrastructures ...

Industry leaders introduce OpenOptics multi-source agreement ...

Wipro partners with SGI for rapid growth in India ...