JUNE 18–22, 2017

Session Details

Name: BoF 04: SKA: The Ultimate Big Data Project
Time: Monday, June 19, 2017
05:00 pm - 06:00 pm
Room:   Kontrast  
Speaker:   Nicolás Erdödy, Open Parallel
  John Goodacre, University of Manchester
  Happy Sithole, CSIR
Abstract:   The Square Kilometre Array (SKA) will be the world’s largest and most powerful radio-telescope, to be built in remote locations in Australia and South Africa as a combined effort of various countries (ten countries are currently full members of the SKA Organisation). Pre-construction design for the SKA1 (first phase of the project) commenced in 2013 and is due to finish in 2018. SKA1 construction is scheduled 2019 – 2025 and aims to build a system that will answer fundamental questions about our Universe over the next 50 years SKA1 will produce Big Data on a scale that the ICT Industry will be facing in 5-10 years time therefore the design work is giving an early exposure to new ICT technologies and potential spinoffs for next-generation Big Data applications (genomics, smart cities, environmental, etc) and could help generate new companies, steer technology evolution, IP generation and first-to-market ideas. This BoF will bring together several participants in the design of the computing platform of the SKA and interested parties and discuss topics such as: * Data Management Challenges, * High Performance Data Analytics, * Data availability when and where it is needed, * Frameworks required for SKA scale projects, * Mega-science projects – management and implementation, * Compute platform design, prototyping and specification, * Role of hardware accelerators and HPC software, * Middleware, OpenStack, Software Development Environment, * Power considerations towards exascale computing and others. * BoF website https://openparallel.com/events-2/ska-the-ultimate-big-data-project-bof/  

Targeted Audience
Experts and practitioners in Big Data High Performance Data Analytics Data Management in general Computer Vision and Image Processing Data Transport Software and Systems Engineering Modeling, prototyping and specifications Mega-Projects (management, development, integration, maintenance) Diverse hardware (accelerators, FPGA, others) Vendors and organisations interested in exploring partnerships