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The Square Kilometre Array (SKA) is a global mega-science project to build the world’s largest and most capable radio telescope. During its more than 50-year lifetime, the SKA will expand the understanding of the universe and drive technological developments worldwide. The telescope will generate a staggering amount of data that needs to be stored and processed. The scientists will need to be able to easily find, visualise and analyse the data, extract a scientific knowledge and publish the work in a reproducible manner.

SKA data

The SKA Project is currently developing a set of requirements for a connected global network of so called, SKA Regional Centres. Such data centres will form an intrinsic part of SKA operations, and will be the working interface for the scientists to interact with the SKA data. The global network of SKA Regional Centres will provide:

  • Solutions for data flow and access to SKA science data products;
  • Solutions for data post-processing, analysis and visualisation;
  • A platform for development of software tools;
  • A long-term science archives;
  • User support.

ICRAR, CSIRO and Pawsey Supercomputing Centre in collaboration with the international partners are conducting a design study to develop the vision and technologies for the future SKA Regional Centre in Australia and globally. There’s a broad range of research projects available at different levels in the areas of computer and data sciences, software engineering, visualisation, algorithms, high performance and cloud computing.