Second Dome Colloquium

Wednesday 13 April 2016 at 4 PM

ASTRON, Dwingeloo

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 2016: Sensors, Signals and Smart Systems. This colloquium is open to all interested persons. During the event, four companies will be signing a collaboration agreement to do applied research in the Dome context. And, last but not least, we will be hosting a showcase market.



Imagine we were able to build a sensor network in such a way, that accuracy could be weighed against data volume and/or acquisition time. In Dome, we have been developing methods for exactly that purpose: revolutionary techniques for processing and reducing data, before we move on to visualizing it.

Thanks to the generality of the approach, these new methods are not only applicable to radio astronomical data, but also medical data or data included in various "Internet of Things" systems, for example.

Key advantage of the new methods: by doing more and smarter editing on data, the amount of data can be reduced in the acquisition phase. This means plenty of room for new, optimized software - including visualization and control systems. If this could be of interest to your organisation, now or in the future, then you should not miss this Dome Colloquium! Paul Hurley will speak on this subject.

Dr. Paul Hurley is a research staff member at IBM Research in Zurich, Switzerland,
where he currently leads the IBM side of the novel algorithms project in DOME.
He graduated from the National University of Ireland in Galway,
before completion of a PhD at EPFL, Switzerland in communication systems.
He has 12 years of research experience in algorithms, signal processing and applied mathematics,
as well as substantial development experience, and is the author of 46 referred research papers and 25 patents.



Real-time communication (RDMA)

Are you having trouble with the performance of your system when it comes to processing large streams of sensor or input data? Are you dissatisfied with the performance of the input and output of your (computer) system? Having problems processing input data in quasi real time and sinking it to local or distributed storage?

Perhaps you can free up some time and investigate solutions using RDMA (Remote Direct Memory Access - an industry standard with its roots in High Performance Computing) and RDMA/non-volatile memory (“flash” memory) integration technologies. In the Dome project, we have built a solution that uses RDMA and flash memory to transfer and process huge amounts of radio-astronomic data in real time.


Would you be interested in using these standard technologies to consume less power, get higher performance for your data processing and link it with modern standards for Big Data Analytics (based on Apache Spark, for instance)? Confirm your presence at the second Dome Colloquium now. Speaker on this subject will be Bernard Metzler.

Dr. Bernard Metzler is a Principal Research Staff Member and Technical Leader 'High Performance I/O'
at the IBM Zurich Research Laboratory. His main research interests are in the design
and implementation of flexible and highly efficient IO subsystems for network and storage access.
Bernard's current research focus is on "whole stack optimization" - widening the scope of efficient
communication including middleware such as the GPFS and HDFS file systems and Java-based communication.
Representing IBM, he is active in industry standardization efforts on efficient IO.
He is author and co-author of several reserach publications and holds several patents in the field.
Bernard received his diploma in electrical engineering from Humboldt University Berlin,
and his PhD degree from the Technical University Braunschweig in 1999.



New collaboration agreement

The big data collaboration between ASTRON and IBM is now getting to a point where not only fundamental research, but also applied research is key to realize the Square Kilometre Array (SKA). As part of the programme of 13 April, Gert Kruithof of ASTRON and four Dome Users Platform members will sign a new agreement to collaborate in the area of big data and radio astronomy. These four partners are S&T, TriopSys, KxA and MMPBI.

Dr. Gert Kruithof is head of Research and Development at ASTRON in Dwingeloo.
He is responsible for all research and development projects related to LOFAR, Westerbork
and Square Kilometre Array including the joint research programme DOME with IBM on Exascale technology.
In SKA, he is chairman of the Board of one of the consortia, the Low Frequency Aperture Array.
He is a physicist from origin and obtained a PhD in Applied Physics from the University of Groningen.
He has conducted industrial research at KPN on Network Technology and
Software Mass Customization at the University of Groningen.
As a senior business consultant for TNO, he advised multi-national organisations at board level on IT management.



Showcase market

You are more than welcome to use this opportunity to present your company to the select network of participants. We therefore offer you a table on our showcase market. If you have any flyers or other materials, you can display them on the table. There is also room for a banner next to it. During each break, our guests will be able to acquaint themselves with your organisation. If you would like to reserve a table, please let us know through the registration form.



Open invitation

ASTRON and IBM are proud to invite you to this second Dome Colloquium on Wednesday 13 April 2016 in Dwingeloo. Your presence would be highly appreciated. Please register here. If you would like to bring one or more guests, please use the same website to register them as well. There is no participation fee. However, registration is required.





Venue: ASTRON and IBM Center for Exascale Technology
  Oude Hoogeveensedijk 4
  7991 PD Dwingeloo
Room: Van de Hulst auditorium