ASTRON & IBM Center for Exascale Technology

ASTRON & IBM Center for Exascale technology

The ASTRON & IBM Center for Exascale Technology is a research centre, located in Dwingeloo, Drenthe on the Campus of ASTRON, the Netherlands Institute for Radio Astronomy. At this centre ASTRON and IBM jointly carry out fundamental research into technologies needed to develop the SKA radio telescope in the later half of this decade and the first half of the next decade. The collaboration is funded through the DOME project, supported by grants from the Dutch EL&I Ministry and the Province of Drenthe, and focuses on three main area's:

  1. Green Computing
  2. Data & Streaming
  3. Nano-photonics

Green Computing addresses technologies to radically reduce the power needed to do computationally intensive work on extremely large amounts of data. Nano-photonics addresses technologies needed to drastically reduce the power of data transport over longer distances and inside computing machines. Data & Streaming addresses technologies to process data on-the-fly and store data at a high efficiency for later use. These three areas are covered by seven DOME research projects, also called research streams. The project "Algorithms and Machines" is the coordinating architectural project, steering and combining results from the other six DOME projects:

  1. Algorithms & Machines
  2. Access Patterns
  3. Nano Photonics
  4. Microservers
  5. Accelerators
  6. Compressive Sampling
  7. RT Communication

The DOME projects are described in the website projects sections, and also in a one-page summary.

Through a Users Platform, Dutch small and medium size companies (SMEs) and knowledge institutes, can participate in this collaborative research. Although the Platform is primarily aimed at the parties mentioned above, it is not limited to those.


Newsletter 8

Astrodata written in light: analogue over fibre and photonic beamforming

Talking to Bert Offrein, Folkert Horst and Peter Maat

Peter Maat is based in Dwingeloo, Bert Offrein and Folkert Horst both work in the IBM Research Laboratory in Zurich....

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Presentations Second Dome Colloquium

The Second Dome Colloquium was a big success! There were many visitors and a lot of great talks. Here you find the two presentations of Gert Kruithof and Bernard Metzler. We would like to thank everybody for participating and we hope to see you all again in the future!



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Second Dome Colloquium

Sensors, Signals and Smart Systems

Sharing new insights and knowledge, making them available to a wider societal context, is a major driving force behind Dome. This is why we would like to invite you to the second Dome Colloquium on Wednesday 13 April ...

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First three Microserverd handed over

The first three Dome microservers were handed over to Philips Drachten, Sensor City Assen and the University of Technology Eindhoven during an official presentation conducted by Henk Brink, Deputy of the Province of Drenthe, on 19 November. It is one of Dome’s showpieces.


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First Dome colloquium

First Dome colloquium On Thursday afternoon September 17th, ASTRON’s Van de Hulst auditorium was the venue for the first Dome colloquium. Three speakers were lined up to share some recent findings. The audience consisted of people from various SME’s, as well as institutes like TNO, University of...

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First Dome Colloquium

Sharing knowledge

Dome colloquium


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Dome Seminar on Quality in Electronic Design and Manufacturing

Dome Seminar

On June 16th and 17th about 20 engineers in electronic design came together at the Hanze Institute of Technology in Assen to discuss...

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The travelling Dome Microserver

Microserver 1

In March, the 64-bit Dome microserver using hot water as a coolant made its debut at CeBIT in Hannover, Germany. In the picture, IBM scientist...

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Reporting to national and provincial government

EZ & Drenthe

On April 16th, members of the Dome steering board and scientific directorate presented the third annual progress report to...

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Face-to-Face meeting

From March 25-27, members from the international Dome team came to Dwingeloo for another face-to-face at ASTRON. It turned out to be an excellent meeting which showed great progress and a truly collaborative atmosphere.



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