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.

News

Vier bedrijven en kennisinstituten haken aan bij de ultieme big bang, big data uitdaging

Doorstaan wetenschappelijke en technologische doorbraken de test?

Op 15 januari 2014 zullen vier bedrijven en kennisinstituten officieel toetreden tot het Users Platform van DOME, het samenwerkingsverband van IBM en ASTRON. Doel is om nieuwe technologie te...

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10-1-2014
Newsletter 2

Dear reader,

In our newsletter from July 2013, we reported on the intermediate scientific results after approximately one year of research in the DOME project. In this edition, we would like to share some recent developments with you.

DOME is all about designing and creating new...

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12-11-2013
DOME-related NWO call

Last week, NWO-EW (the NWO division for Physical Sciences) issued a new call: Big Bang, Big Data: Innovating ICT as a Driver for Astronomy. Its aim is to stimulate the existing synergy between DOME and current ICT research topics and to create a coherent research programme. With big...

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09-9-2013
DOME Milestones 2012-2013

DOME Milestones 2012/13

Algorithms & Machines (P1)

The project ‘Algorithms and Machines’ is DOME’s umbrella domain, steering and combining research and results from the other project...

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08-7-2013
DOMe @ Cebit conference in Hannover

Project leaders Ton Engbersen (IBM) and Albert-Jan Boonstra (ASTRON) presented the DOME project at the Cebit conference last week in Hannover. The impressive IBM and DOME booths attracted many journalists and generated a lot of press coverage in newspapers, magazines and on TV:...

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14-3-2013
Research Virtual Recruiting

This spring the IBM Diversity Recruiting team invites professors, scientists and qualified university students to participate in a virtual recruiting event for several open positions on the DOME project.

DOME is a five-year...

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04-2-2013
Official opening of the ASTRON & IBM Center for Exascale Technology

The SKA radio telescope is estimated to generate the same amount of data per year as the entire WWW will in 2020. Current technology is insufficient to handle that volume of data for affordable cost. To address this unprecedented challenge, ASTRON and IBM scientists in the Netherlands and...

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22-10-2012
First "green circuit" in production

The first micro-server electronic circuits are in production; this is within ten months after the start of the DOME project. These are the first basic components out of which large low-power systems can be built. DsignWorx, based in Hoogeveen,...

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01-10-2012
First fast optical link arrived

The first IBM optical signal transport modules, so-called Micropods, have arrived at ASTRON. These are the same components IBM also uses for its high-end computer systems. The modules are currently being tested at ASTRON. The goal is to use these Micropods for a next version of an advanced...

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01-10-2012
Website Center for Exascale Technology online

The ASTRON & IBM Center for Exascale Technology website is online. Take your time to browse the site and to learn about the DOME project, the Exascale Center, the research, and the Users Platform. The website will report on research progress, Users Platform activities, and on events and news...

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01-10-2012