SKA Regional Centres: Opportunities for Industries in Australasia

The Square Kilometre Array, or SKA, is a global next-generation radio telescope project involving institutions from over 20 countries. The SKA will be the largest and most capable radio telescope ever constructed. During its 50+ year lifetime, it will expand our understanding of the universe and drive technological development worldwide. Australia and southern Africa will each host different SKA components.

Australia already hosts SKA precursors ASKAP and MWA, and will host SKA1-Low. Australian SKA partner and close collaborator China has build another SKA precursor FAST telescope.

Australia, China and New Zealand participate and lead a number of major SKA Science Working Groups. While the SKA Observatory is responsible for generation of data products up to Level 6, advanced data products of Level 7 are within the scope of SKA Regional Centres (SRC). The data volume and the individual sizes of datasets will be too large to be served via the traditional download model (approximately 1PB per day). 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.

Technology development for the SKA Regional Centres will provide the opportunities for Australian and New Zealand ICT industries.

Preliminary program

Date: 28 February 2018
Venue: TBA
Cost: $25

Registration: TBA (subscribe to be notified)

9.00-9.30      SKA & SKA Regional Centers
9.30-10.00    SKA Precursors and Technology in Australasia
10.00-10.30  SKA Science in Australasia
10.30-11.00  Break
11.00-11.30   Nyriad showcase
11.30-12.00   SRC technology development and the opportunities for the industry

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