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Thursday, 27 August 2009
What the Square Kilometre Array might look like
A new $80 million high-performance computing project launched in Perth this week is a significant step forward for the joint Australia-New Zealand bid to host the $2.5 billion Square Kilometre Array (SKA) radio-telescope.
The Centre will be operated by iVEC, an organisation dedicated to building supercomputing capacity in WA. iVEC is a joint venture between CSIRO and WA’s four public universities, with support from the State Government.
The Square Kilometre Array (SKA) Radio Telescope is the largest global scientific project of its kind. More than 100 ‘dish array stations’ will collect more data in 6 hours than has ever been collected in the history of radioastronomy.
ECU has already made a significant contribution to the SKA project with an invention that converts radio frequencies into a digital signal.
Professor Kamal Alameh at ECU’s Centre of Excellence for MicroPhotonic Systems has developed a novel chip for the digitisation of broadband Radio Frequency signals which will assist in the processing of the vast amount of data collected by the SKA.
ECU Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research) Professor John Finlay-Jones said that the new centre is an important development for the WA research sector.
"With 2009 being the International Year for Astronomy, ECU is very proud to be involved in one of the world’s most significant science projects," he said.