Tim Cornwell – SKA Architect – Head of Computing – SKA Organisation (UK)

NOTICE: We regret to announce that -due to family health issues, Dr Cornwell had to cancel today (22.2.14) his trip to New Zealand. His keynotes will be delivered via video conference.

Tim Cornwell

Keynote for III Multicore World 

Construction of Square Kilometre Array Computing
Tim Cornwell, SKA architect
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The Square Kilometre Array is now in design and is due to move to construction in 2017. The array is actually three telescopes each one of which will provide a different window into the universe yielding insights into pressing astrophysical questions. This groundbreaking scientific instrument will be one of the jewels of 21st-century science. From 2013 to 2016, SKA is in the preconstruction phase. At the end of this phase ready to build designs must be available for all elements. From 2017 onwards, there will be a procurement phase followed by construction. In the pre-construction phase, consortia are responsible for the development of designs for each element. There is no assumed connection between the consortia responsible for pre-construction and the bodies responsible for construction. This means that in all areas but particularly in computing there will be opportunities for those not currently involved. This will be true at all levels of the construction phase. I will discuss what these opportunities might look like.
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Keynote for Computing for SKA workshop
Four key factors in computing for the Square Kilometre Array
Tim Cornwell, SKA architect
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The Square Kilometre Array is now in design and is due to move to construction in 2017. The array is actually three telescopes each one of which will provide a different window into the universe yielding insights into pressing astrophysical questions. This groundbreaking scientific instrument will be one of the jewels of 21st-century science. Such a system has multiple components  with the computing providing a framework for the control, monitoring, data flow, and data processing functions. I will concentrate on those issues connected with the data. There are four interrelated factors that work together tightly to constrain the final solution. These are data rate, computer architecture, algorithms, and software systems. An integrated solution must address all of these factors in a combined architecture. I will describe this landscape as we see it now.
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