Feeds

Oz's SKAMP to help global mega-telescope bid

Aus/NZ bond over SKA project

Bridging the IT gap between rising business demands and ageing tools

The University of Sydney’s radio telescope has been super-charged by CSIRO smarts, boosting its bandwidth tenfold.

The freshly tinkered telescope formerly known as MOST, the Molonglo Observatory Synthesis Telescope, has been renamed SKAMP (the Square Kilometre Array Molonglo Prototype).

The CSIRO was contracted to develop signal-processing systems which have made the telescope more flexible, three times more sensitive, with 10 times more bandwidth, up from 3 MHz to 30 MHz.

“This project has given our telescope a whole new capability. It looks the same, but under the bonnet it has been born again,” said Professor Anne Green of the University of Sydney.

The SKAMP and the CSIRO’s own ASKAP (Australian SKA Pathfinder) telescope are being showcased in the bid to win the tender to host the world’s largest and most advanced radio telescope – the Square Kilometre Array (SKA).

“What we’ve learned over several years will now allow us to dramatically shorten our design cycle for ASKAP's digital systems, as well as potentially feed into future development work that will be required for the SKA,” says CSIRO SKA Director, Dr Brian Boyle.

The CSIRO has built a similar correlator to the one devise for SKAMP for the international Murchison Widefield Array (MWA) consortium, which is building a low-frequency radio telescope at the same site as the ASKAP telescope in Western Australia.

MWA will also demonstrate technology for the SKA project.

Meanwhile, John Humphreys, head of the Australasian SKA Industry Consortium (ASKAIC) said Australia and joint bidder New Zealand are in a good position to win the international Square Kilometre Array radio-telescope project. Speaking at an event in Wellington , he and New Zealand project leader Jonathan Kings said that they would be working in the back rooms to get the deal moving. “We will not be overt lobbyists in the crass political sense of the word,” Kings said.

The core objectives of the project are to look at the oldest stars in the universe and the process of cosmic evolution, as well as searching out clues to the origins of life. If the ANZ bid is successful, it will stimulate the local infrastructure industry demanding investments in infrastructure needed to handle the data surges of up to 100 terabits/second and significant data warehousing power in addition to electrical power requirements. ®

Mobile application security vulnerability report

More from The Register

next story
Bad back? Show some spine and stop popping paracetamol
Study finds common pain-killer doesn't reduce pain or shorten recovery
Malaysian Airlines flight MH17 claimed lives of HIV/AIDS cure scientists
Researchers, advocates, health workers among those on shot-down plane
Mwa-ha-ha-ha! Eccentric billionaire Musk gets his PRIVATE SPACEPORT
In the Lone Star State, perhaps appropriately enough
World Solar Challenge contender claims new speed record
One charge sees Sunswift travel 500kms at over 100 km/h
SMELL YOU LATER, LOSERS – Dumbo tells rats, dogs... humans
Junk in the trunk? That's what people have
All those new '5G standards'? Here's the science they rely on
Radio professor tells us how wireless will get faster in the real world
The Sun took a day off last week and made NO sunspots
Someone needs to get that lazy star cooking again before things get cold around here
prev story

Whitepapers

Designing a Defense for Mobile Applications
Learn about the various considerations for defending mobile applications - from the application architecture itself to the myriad testing technologies.
How modern custom applications can spur business growth
Learn how to create, deploy and manage custom applications without consuming or expanding the need for scarce, expensive IT resources.
Reducing security risks from open source software
Follow a few strategies and your organization can gain the full benefits of open source and the cloud without compromising the security of your applications.
Boost IT visibility and business value
How building a great service catalog relieves pressure points and demonstrates the value of IT service management.
Consolidation: the foundation for IT and business transformation
In this whitepaper learn how effective consolidation of IT and business resources can enable multiple, meaningful business benefits.