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.


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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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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