More, than 15million pounds has been awarded to UK institutions including universities of Oxford ,Cambridge and Manchester ,scientists too to aid them in creating a prototype software that will control the UK headquarter Square Kilometre Array(SKA). The SKA will have to consist of an intial of 197 dishes and 130,000 antennas spread across South Africa and Australia.
All these will be linked and will need to work harmoniously. The software being developed is set to be trailed on a small subset of the infrastructure before being rolled out across the network.
Dr Chris Pearson , recently talking to BBC said that developing the software will be a big challenge. “We’re talking something like 600 petabytes(600 million gigabytes) per year data coming out of the SKA, to be delivered to astronomers worldwide.”, he added.
The project will bring more than 500 engineers and 1000 scientists in more than 20 countries. The Telescope is expected to survey the sky much faster and will need powerful computing to process the expected data rate of 8 terabits per second.
The brain software to be developed will tell the telescope where to look on the sky, diagnose any issues and translate the telescope’s signals into useable data from which discoveries can be made. ” The software that we produce will work first on four radio dishes in South Africa. And if you’re talking about those small antennas in Australia, it will work on six stations in the first instance”, said Dr Pearson.