Kamis, 23 Mei 2013

[Mobile Cellphone Info] INDUSTRY AND THE PROFESSION, BIG TELESCOPE FOR THE BIG BANG

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INDUSTRY AND THE PROFESSION, BIG TELESCOPE FORTHE BIG BANGIn case you haven't
heard about it, the folks atthe Square Kilometre Array (SKA) Organisation
(www.skatelescope.org) are working on theworld's largest and most sensitive
radiotelescope, to be completed in 2024. Uponcompletion, the telescope will be
used toexplore evolving galaxies, dark matter, and eventhe very origins of the
universe, dating backmore than 13 billion years.The scope willactually be made
up of millions of antennas,forming a collection area equivalent to a square
kilometer but actually spread out over an areamore than 3,000 km wide. This will
give the world a device that's 50 times more sensitive and 10,000 times faster
than any previous one. The catch, however, is thatit will generate a few
exabytes (i.e., 1,000,000,000,000,000,000 bytes) of data every day equivalent
to double whatpresently goes over the Internet.This will take some pretty gritty
processing power, plus enough storage for between300 and 1,500 petabytes of
processed data per year. Never fear, though, since the Netherlands Institute for
RadioAstronomy (ASTRON) and IBM (www.ibm.com) have teamed up in the "design,
engineering, and manufacturing ofcustomized, high performance, low power analog
and mixed signal processing chips for an SKA prototype system."With an initial
grant of 32.9 million Euros, the five year collaboration will end up with a new
supercomputer based inDrenthe, Netherlands at a newly established ASTRON and IBM
Center for Exascale Technology. To keep up to date on the project, visit
www.astron.nl.

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