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Primeur weekly 2011-09-12

Exascale supercomputing

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Top scientists head for Australia to talk SKA

6 Sep 2011 Perth - Top astronomers and engineers from nine countries will meet in Perth, Australia to plan for pre-construction of the Square Kilometre Array (SKA) at The Path to SKA-low workshop. Hosted by the International Centre for Radio Astronomy Research (ICRAR), the workshop has attracted more than 75 researchers from Australia, India, Italy, Malta, New Zealand, The Netherlands, South Africa, the UK and the US.

ICRAR Deputy Director and workshop organiser, Professor Peter Hall, said the agenda included the design and construction of antennas to allow the SKA to detect low-frequency radio waves from objects throughout the Universe (SKA-low).

Professor Hall said with new technology and signal processing techniques, flashing radio sources, called pulsars, and other fast, 'transient' radio sources could be better detected using lower frequency radio telescopes.

"This makes SKA-low an even more essential part of the SKA as a whole", he stated. "Given ICRAR's strong hands-on international collaborations and our leading role in low-frequency pathfinders for the SKA, such as the Aperture Array Verification Programme and the Murchison Widefield Array, we are well-placed to host a meeting that will get the ball rolling on plans for this part of the telescope", Professor Hall stated.

"The low-frequency portion of the SKA will observe the Universe at longer wavelengths than more familiar dish antennas that operate at higher frequencies. A major goal of SKA-low is to observe the first structures in the very distant Universe as they formed. ICRAR researchers have also recently shown the importance of SKA-low in observations of the changing, or dynamic, radio sky."

"Australia, together with New Zealand, is bidding to host the SKA, which requires an extremely radio-quiet location. SKA-low will be particularly sensitive to radio interference and a location like Australia's candidate core site, in WA's Murchison, will allow a high-performance, cost-effective SKA-low."

Professor Hall said a number of engineers had also come to Perth armed with prototype SKA-low antennas to be tested alongside local designs in ICRAR's laboratory at Curtin University.

"Since we launched ICRAR two years ago, we've been building expertise, not only in radio astronomy, but also engineering and ICT, all of which play an important role in the design, construction and eventual operation of the SKA", he stated. "This puts us in an excellent position to contribute significantly to the international effort."

ICRAR Science and Technology Advisory Committee Chair, Professor Ron Ekers, said ICRAR's time-domain astronomy theme, which investigates rapidly changing radio sources, ties in very closely with the SKA-low developments.

"The wide field of view of the SKA and its sensitivity to time-variable phenomena opens a new and almost unexplored research area", Professor Ekers stated.

General Director of ASTRON in the Netherlands and Chairman of the SKA Science & Engineering Committee, Professor Michael Garrett, said he hoped ICRAR would play a leading role in the SKA-low pre-construction phase.

"It is essential that the knowledge and expertise built up via the Murchison Widefield Array finds its way back into the international SKA project", Professor Garrett stated. "SKA-low will address Nobel-prize winning science questions about the early Universe, and I'm convinced it will emerge as one of the dominant areas of astrophysical research over the next few decades. It's great to see ICRAR, and indeed the Australian community as a whole, getting behind these efforts and becoming so heavily involved."

Researchers at the meetings will discuss the next steps required as the SKA project heads towards its pre-construction phase. This phase will see finalisation of the telescope design and the development of technology to a point where the telescope is ready for production.
Source: International Centre for Radio Astronomy Research

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Primeur weekly 2011-09-12

Exascale supercomputing

Stevens researchers pioneer novel technique to make plasmonic nanogap arrays ...

The Cloud

Contrail introduces new PaaS service ...

IBM to power "smarter citizens" Cloud in China with System z ...

Chinese Government and Businesses continue to embrace IBM smarter computing ...

IBM broadens efforts to prepare small and medium businesses for growth ...

Platform Computing named best of VMworld finalist in "Private Cloud Computing" category ...

UC4 announces collaboration with Red Hat to enhance automated open source solutions for virtual and Cloud infrastructure ...

Aneka Platform for Grid and Cloud Computing finalist for Telstra Innovation Challenge ...

Desktop Grids

World Community Grid targets Leishmaniasis ...

EuroFlash

AMD FirePro Professional Graphics certified for New OpenCL compliant 3D modelling application ...

CWI Database Architecture Group wins VLDB 2011 C&V best paper award ...

Mellanox provides high speed connectivity for UK-based Grid computing project ...

NVIDIA enables dramatic new video processing and I/O capability for Quadro and Tesla GPUs ...

USFlash

AMD ships first "Bulldozer" processors ...

Top scientists head for Australia to talk SKA ...

C-DAC announces first-of-its-kind industry relevant Global Certification Programme for HPC professionals ...

Magnetic fields keep Milky Way's central black hole hungry - for now ...

"Culturomics 2.0" forecasts human behaviour by supercomputing global news ...

Emerson Network Power launches first fanless embedded computer featuring second generation Intel processor ...

UC San Diego invention saving consumers trillions of watt hours and millions of dollars ...

3M and IBM to develop new types of adhesives to create 3D semiconductors ...

Strong growth continues in the worldwide disk storage systems market in the second quarter, according to IDC ...

Ongoing infrastructure investments carry storage software revenues to seventh consecutive quarter of growth in 2011, according to IDC ...

Special report highlights 'greatest hits' of scientific supercomputing ...

Oracle delivers Oracle Application Testing Suite 9.3, simplifies testing for Oracle's Siebel CRM ...