ASTRON & IBM Center for Exascale Technology

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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Slashdot: IBM Designing Superman Servers For World’s Largest Telescope
How’s this for a daunting task? By 2017, IBM must develop low-power microservers that can handle 10 times the traffic of today’s Internet—and resist blowing desert sands, to boot.
Sound impossible? Hopefully not. Those are the design parameters of the Square Kilometer Array (SKA) Project, the world’s largest radio telescope, located in South Africa and Australia amidst some of the world’s most rugged terrain.

TechEye: IBM wants to build superfast microservers
Big Blue and a Dutch team of scientists are trying to come up with a breed of servers that process more data than today's internet while coping with a sandstorm.
The team have to have their new microservers installed by 2017 in the Square Kilometer Array (SKA) Project, the world's largest radio telescope, located in South Africa and Australia.

The New Age: The Big Bang meets ‘Big Data’
The global telescope project, the Square Kilometre Array (SKA) South Africa, is joining Astron, the Netherlands Institute for Radio Astronomy and IBM in a four-year collaboration.

Jointly they will research extremely fast, but low-power extra-scale computer systems aimed to develop advanced technologies for handling the massive amounts of SKA-produced data.

Human IPO: SKA partners with IBM and ASTRON in DOME project
Square Kilometre Array (SKA) South Africa has partnered with IBM and the Netherlands Institute for Radio Astronomy (ASTRON) in the €34 million (US$44 million) DOME project, for the development of fast, low-power exascale computing systems to support the SKA telescope.

EE Times: IBM developing 'electronic blood' for cooling
To achieve the exascale speeds necessary for the realtime analysis of the Big Data streaming in from the massive sensor networks of the future—such as the Square Kilometer Array (SKA) radio telescope to be completed in 2024—IBM is exploring the use of "electronic blood" to not only cool but also to power the cognitive computers of the future.

MoneyCab: IBM: Südafrika tritt dem DOME-Projekt bei
Pretoria – Square Kilometer Array Südafrika (SKA SA), eine strategische Einheit der südafrikanischen National Research Foundation, wird Partner im DOME-Projekt, einem gemeinsamen Forschungsvorhaben von ASTRON, dem niederländischen Institut für Radioastronomie, und IBM.

EyeWitness News: SKA Secures Technology Deal
JOHANNESBURG - Another milestone has been reached in the ambitious Square Kilometre Array (SKA) project relating to the technology which will help scientists study the information collected from space.  

NewsPoint Africa: SKA Joins Hands with IBM to Manage SKA Data
A recent report talked about the partnership between IBM and Netherlands Institute for Radio Astronomy (Astron). It would make way for fulfilling demands for computer systems which are efficient enough to manage huge chunk of data produced by the Square Kilometre Array (SKA) radio telescope.

Engineering News: SA joins international exascale computing project for SKA telescope
South Africa has joined an international computing collaboration to support the development of the international Square Kilometre Array (SKA) radio telescope. This was announced on Tuesday by SKA South Africa (SKA SA), a unit of the National Research Foundation and responsible for SKA-related activities in this country (including the precursor MeerKAT radio telescope array).

Business Day Live: SKA partners with IBM on ‘big data’ project
USING the systems available today to process the data that will be generated by the Square Kilometre Array (SKA), it will take the equivalent of two nuclear power stations — about seven gigawatts a year — to power it, says Ton Engbersen, DOME project leader at IBM Research.

HPC Wire: South Africa Joins ASTRON and IBM to Research Computer Systems
South Africa, a business unit of the country's National Research Foundation is joining ASTRON, the Netherlands Institute for Radio Astronomy, and IBM in a four-year collaboration to research extremely fast, but low-power exascale computer systems aimed at developing advanced technologies for handling the massive amount of data that will be produced by the SKA, which is one of the most ambitious science projects ever undertaken.

A-Zeta.it: Il Sudafrica si unisce ad ASTRON e IBM per gettare le fondamenta di una nuova era del calcolo
Gli scienziati sudafricani svilupperanno robusti microserver per affrontare le severe condizioni del deserto, esplorare nuove architetture informatiche e mettere a punto algoritmi avanzati per le immagini radioastronomiche

News24 SA: SKA joins IBM to build computer systems
Cape Town – The Square Kilometer Array (SKA) is joining Astron, the Netherlands Institute for Radio Astronomy, and IBM in a four-year collaboration to research extremely fast, but low-power exascale computer systems.

South Africa.info: SKA South Africa joins 'big data' project
Square Kilometre Array South Africa is joining IBM and the Netherlands Institute for Radio Astronomy (Astron) in a four-year collaboration to research extremely fast but low-power "exascale" computer systems aimed at developing advanced technologies for handling the massive amount of data that will be produced by the SKA.

WebWereld: Onderzoek naar Big Bang ultieme uitdaging in Big Data
Astron en IBM gaan samenwerken met de Zuid-Afrikaanse National Research Foundation om de Big Bang in kaart te brengen. Het gaat volgens de onderzoekers om "de ultieme uitdaging in Big Data".

ITWeb: SA to help tackle ultimate data challenge
Scientists from Square Kilometre Array (SKA) SA will join IBM and the Netherlands Institute for Radio Astronomy (ASTRON) in a four-year collaboration to research new computing systems to deal with the big data challenge posed by the SKA.

TechCentral: SKA to drive cognitive computing
IBM has launched a €33m initiative to develop new computers suited to the demands of the Square Kilometre Array radio astronomy project.

IT News South Africa: Quest To Find Computer Architecture To Handle SKA Data
Square Kilometer Array (SKA) South Africa, a business unit of the country’s National Research Foundation is joining ASTRON, the Netherlands Institute for Radio Astronomy, and IBM in a four-year collaboration to research extremely fast, but low-power exascale computer systems aimed at developing advanced technologies for handling the massive amount of data that will be produced by the SKA, which is one of the most ambitious science projects ever undertaken.

Computer Business Review: IBM, ASTRON collaborate with SKA
Square Kilometer Array (SKA) South Africa, a business unit of the country's National Research Foundation, has collaborated with ASTRON, the Netherlands Institute for Radio Astronomy, and IBM, to research computer systems on a fast low power exascale

IBM Smarter Planet Blog: The Ultimate Big Data Challenge
A few weeks ago, I shared a dinner table in Johannesburg with Adrian Tiplady, one of the managers of Square Kilometre Array South Africa, which is managing the country’s involvement in the Square Kilometre Array astronomy project. The SKA is one of the most ambitious science efforts ever launched. The goal of the 10 countries involved is to decipher radio waves from deep space in order to solve the riddles of the universe and the nature of matter. Yet something Adrian told me totally blew my mind: he said the computing challenges posed by the SKA are just as great as those related to astronomy.

CNET: Big Blue, Big Bang, big data: Telescope funds computing R&D
CNET-by Stephen Shankland-Mar 5, 2013
IBM is trying to advance the supercomputing state of the art in memory, optical ... with the Netherlands Institute for Radio Astronomy (Astron).