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  • ASRC Industry Briefing Events in Perth and Sydney


    Australian SKA Regional Centre – Industry Briefing Events in Perth and Sydney


    By the time the SKA is in steady state operations in the mid-2020s it will generate a raw data rate close to 1 TB/s and an estimated 250-300 PB per year of data products. These data products will be distributed to science teams via a global network of SKA Regional Centres.

    Join us in Perth or Sydney to hear about Australia’s plans for an Australian SKA Regional Centre network and the current opportunities for early engagement with industry to solve the challenges that come with analysing, processing, managing and moving big data from space to the end user. You will have the opportunity to meet with the SKA data leaders from CSIRO, The Pawsey Supercomputing Centre and the International Centre for Radio Astronomy Research.

    ASRC Technology Brief

    SKA and Regional Centres

    Australian SRC

    Australian SRC Challenges and Opportunities

    In Perth:

    19 March 2018
    10am -12.15, followed by a 1 hour networking lunch
    Innovation Central Perth
    Building 216, Level 2
    Curtin University, Bentley, WA 6102

    In Sydney:

    4 April 2018
    10am -12.15 pm, followed by a 1 hour networking lunch
    Cisco Australian Head Office
    Level 24, 177 Pacific Highway, North Sydney, NSW 2060

  • Australian SKA Regional Centre Workshop

    Dates: 27 – 29 Nov, 2017

    Venue: Trinity Residential College (230 Hampden Rd, Crawley WA 6009)


    Australia hosts the SKA pathfinders ASKAP and MWA, and will host the SKA1-Low. Australia participates in and leads a number of major SKA Science Working Groups. While the SKA Observatory is responsible for the generation of calibrated data products, advanced data products, like spectra or science grade catalogues, are within the scope of SKA Regional Centres (SRC). The data volume of surveys and also the sizes of individual observatory-provided data products will be too large to be served via the traditional download model. Data-centric or in-archive processing that minimise the movement of data are the preferred models for science data analysis as part of SRC. The data products need to be curated and served according to SKA policies. Multi-messenger data may need to be co-located and co-processed. Distributed science teams will need new tools, methods, frameworks and algorithms to maximise the scientific productivity.

    This by invitation only workshop focused on:

    • Overviewing the current activities, science and technical projects that are within the scope of SRC.
    • Developing the high level requirements and a roadmap for Australian SRC, with an initial focus on data from the Australian precursors (MWA and ASKAP).
    • Discussing collaboration models and common goals of Australian SRC with other SRCs around the globe, especially in the Asia-Pacific region.
    • Learning from the international regional science centres of other large science projects around the world.

    Workshop program


    Minh Huynh (chair) – ICRAR/CASS
    Baerbel Koribalski – CASS
    Peter Quinn – ICRAR
    Sarah Pearce – CASS
    George Heald – CASS
    Slava Kitaeff – ICRAR/CASS
    Stuart Wyithe – University of Melbourne
    Cath Trott – ICRAR


    Slava Kitaeff (chair) – ICRAR/CASS (For urgent contacts: +61 4 0429 7414)
    Chen Wu – ICRAR
    Lisa Randall – ICRAR
    Tracey O’Keefe – ICRAR
    Andreas Wicenec – ICRAR
    Juan-Carlos Guzman – CASS
    Aidan Hotan – CASS

  • 1st Australia-China SKA Big Data Workshop

    1st Australia-China SKA Big Data Workshop

    The Square Kilometre Array (SKA) will consist of two of the world’s largest radio telescopes, producing orders of magnitude more data than any other astronomical instrument before. All this data will be used by hundreds of scientists working in multiple institutions across the globe. To fully exploit the scientific potential of the instruments and enable ground breaking scientific discoveries, it is essential for the wider SKA community to build up the expertise and develop the technologies to support the science teams during their scientific exploration of the data products released by the SKA Observatory.

    To start this process, we are pleased to announce the Australia-China SKA Big Data Workshop , which aims to provide a vibrant forum for tinkering with the latest development in SKA Big Data. This workshop is also a “somewhat different” event in terms of organisation, format and also in terms of support for the participants.

    The workshop will bring together experts from China and Australia to discuss and work together on selected topics in the broad field of ‘Big Data’ related to the SKA. As outlined below this covers not just software and algorithms, but also advanced global networking and data sharing technologies and methods. The main goal of this event is to foster and strengthen collaborations between Australian and Chinese organisations in a broad sense, including academic institutions and private companies. As an outcome we expect the workshop to seed and initiate new collaborative projects, or strengthen existing projects with additional partners. We expect to follow up with these projects within about 6 months. In order to achieve this goal in the most efficient way and also to stay within the budget, we are planning for 25 participants from each Australia and China. This is a workshop, not a conference and thus we are specifically targeting people with a high degree of technical background and skills in their respective area of expertise.

    The workshop is co-organised by the International Centre for Radio Astronomy Research (ICRAR) in Australia and Shanghai Astronomical Observatory in China. It is co-funded by the Australian Department of Industry, Innovation and Science and the Ministry of Science and Technology in China.

    Note: This event is specifically targeted to foster and support Australia-China collaborations and fully funded by the two governments, thus we can only support people with an affiliation in either of the two countries. In exceptional cases we may consider people from other countries, if they are part of an existing Australia-China collaboration.

    Key Information:

    Date: 10-13 April, 2017
    Location: Shanghai
    Participant topic proposals due date: March, 1st , 2017
    Participant notifications: March 10th , 2017

    For more information download in English or Chinese.

    The workshop reports can be found on https://www.icrar.org/conferences/ska-big-data-workshop-2017.