Dome Symposium


18-19 May 2017, Dwingeloo

Venue: ASTRON and IBM Center for Exascale Technology

Open invitation

ASTRON and IBM cordially invite you to attend a two-day Dome Symposium.


Why this Symposium?
After five years of hard work the DOME team proudly presents the scientific results and engineering solutions that address exascale challenges posed by the Square Kilometre array (SKA) radio telescope. The Symposium covers approaches and results that have found their way into the SKA phase-one, and more fundamental results that aim at the second phase of the SKA telescope. Dome Users Platform research and engineering results stemming from collaboration with industry and knowledge institutes will also be presented.
The spin off for industry is the path to innovations and new products.

How it started and continued
The project started 1 February 2012 at the ASTRON & IBM Center for Exascale Technology, and has carried out fundamental research into technologies needed to develop the SKA radio telescope that is aimed to be built in the first half of the next decade.
The DOME project, supported by grants from the Dutch Ministry of Economic Affairs and the Province of Drenthe, focused on three main areas:

  • Green Computing
  • Data and Streaming
  • Nano-Photonics

Green Computing addresses technologies to radically reduce the power needed to do computationally intensive work on extremely large amounts of data.
Data & Streaming addresses technologies to process data on-the-fly and store data at a high efficiency for later use.
Nano-Photonics addresses technologies needed to drastically reduce the power of data transport over longer distances and inside computing machines.

With over 130 scientific publications, materialized designs, and still ongoing research, the Symposium will present highlights in the different study areas. These include a very efficient way to transport data over fibre, new approaches to model power-efficient signal processing platforms and data archive access, novel algorithms for extremely fast data processing, and novel platforms such as the power efficient microserver. The project does not claim to have created affordable exascale computing yet, but the research has clearly shown paths towards it.

The Symposium starts on Thursday with an overview of the scientific results of the project and of the Users Platform research. The Friday will be focused on the Dome project, its targets, results, and the impact on the Square Kilometre Array and on the Dutch society and industry. This day also includes project and industry demonstrations, highlighting technological advances achieved.

If you are interested in the topics mentioned above, please register here. You can choose which day(s) you like to attend. Participation is free of charge, however registration is required. Please note that the number of attendees is limited, so early registration is encouraged.


Symposium Details


Venue: ASTRON and IBM Center for Exascale Technology
  Oude Hoogeveensedijk 4
  7991 PD Dwingeloo
Room: Van de Hulst auditorium (sessions)
  Hall 2012
  Oort room (demonstrations)