Feeds

Square kilometre array decision delayed again

Board may consider joint Oz-South Africa operation

Bridging the IT gap between rising business demands and ageing tools

The board deciding on the location for the Square Kilometer Array has once again delayed choosing between Australia and South Africa as the host nation.

Whether because the two proposed sites are so close as to present a nearly-impossible decision, or whether the political lobbying surrounding the SKA bids is has evenly divided the SKA board, the decision has been put off until May.

In a neutrally-worded statement, the SKA board said after its Schiphol (Netherlands) meeting that the board has “agreed to set up a small scientific working group” to report back in May.

While Australia has been pitching the climatic and radio-quiet superiority of its site, South Africa has been emphasizing the importance of the SKA as a development project.

The board’s statement hints that the opposing arguments may be resolved by accepting both bids, saying “it is desirable to maintain an inclusive approach” to the project, and it is “important to maximize the value from the investments made by both candidate host regions”. The working group has been instructed to “explore possible implementation options that would achieve this”.

Those investments include “pathfinder” builds both in South Africa and Australia – the 36-antenna ASKAP, at Murchison in Western Australia; and the seven-dish KAT-7 array in South Africa’s Karoo region, a precursor to its MeerKAT pathfinder array.

The two countries are also working on the vast computing requirements needed to support the SKA. ®

Mobile application security vulnerability report

More from The Register

next story
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
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
Boffins discuss AI space program at hush-hush IARPA confab
IBM, MIT, plenty of others invited to fill Uncle Sam's spy toolchest, but where's Google?
Microsoft's anti-bug breakthrough: Wire devs to BRAIN SCANNERS
Clippy: It looks your hands are shaking, are you sure you want to commit this code?
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.