ASKAP Technologies: Computing
The software systems for ASKAP are responsible for scheduling of observations, monitor and control of the telescope during observations, processing of observations into scientifically useful data products, and archiving of data products.
ASKAP will be quite different from previous synthesis radio telescopes, such as the Australia Telescope Compact Array, in that the enormous data rate (equivalent to 1 DVD every 2 seconds) mandates that ASKAP processing and archiving be performed synchronously with observations. Thus the immediate result of observing is a scientifically useful data product in the form of images and/or catalogues.
A schematic diagram showing the data rates and computational loads for the various physical elements of the ASKAP telescope, illustrating how the data flows through the beamformers and the correlator, through the central processor, and eventually into the science archive.
The processing of the data from the telescope into science products will occur at the Pawsey High Performance Computing Centre for SKA Science, using the petaacale computing system that is to be installed by 2013.
Opportunities for Industry
Information on opportunities for industry to be involved in the development of ASKAP can be found on the industry page.