Super telescope, super opportunities:
British business and the
Square Kilometre Array (SKA)

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Hosted by:

Jim Thompson
ICT Sector Specialist, UKTI Australia
Svetozar Kovacevic
UK Science and Innovation Network
Guest ...
What is the
SKA?
Square Kilometre Array
World’s largest, most sensitive radio telescope
Thousands of linked dishes/antennas across
Australi...
Two Continents, One Telescope
South Africa
Namibia
Botswana
Zambia
Mozambique
Kenya
Ghana
Madagascar
Mauritius

Australia
...
MeerKAT

Southern
Africa
SKA1 (~10% scale, 2017-2022)

Dishes

SKA Dish

• 254 Dish Array (mid freq.)
•
•

64 dishes (Meer...
ASKAP

Australia
SKA1 (~10% scale, 2017-2022)
• 96 Dish Array (mid freq.)
•
•

SKA Dish

36 complete (ASKAP)
60 SKA

• 100...
Scale and Power
Over 900 Petabytes data collected by SKA in a
single day: 15 million 64 GB iPods
Over 80,000 km optical fi...
Project Timeline
2013
Request for proposals
Proposal responses
Proposal evaluation
Cost ceiling established
Design consort...
South Africa:
MeerKAT Precursor
Australia:
SKA Pathfinder (ASKAP)
Phased Array Feed
technology
developed by CSIRO
Key UK Government Stakeholders
What is the
ASKAIC?
Australasian SKA & Big Data
Industry Consortium
Representative only + other companies

£11.4m

£0.85m
ASKAIC’s Goals
• Continue to support ANZ Governments in the
Pre-Construction Phase of the SKA
• Maximise the non-astronomy...
Opportunities for
UK Industry
Work Packages for Industry

Dishes

Telescope
Manager

Central
Signal
Processor

Synchronisation
and Timing

Phased Array
...
Work Packages for Industry: UK Lead
Work Package

Lead

Consortia Members

Science Data
Processor

University of
Cambridge...
Work Packages for Industry: UK Lead
Work Package

Lead

Consortia Members

Signal and Data
Transport

University of
Manche...
Work Packages for Industry: Others
Work Package

Lead

Consortia Members

Dishes

CSIRO

CSIRO Astronomy and Space Science...
Work Packages for Industry: Others
Work Package

Lead

Consortia Members

Low Frequency
Aperture Array

ASTRON

ASTRON Net...
Work Packages for Industry: Others
Work Package

Lead

Consortia Members

Central Signal
Processor

NRC

National Research...
Which UK Companies are Interested in SKA?

RFMOD
UK Companies Active in the ANZ SKA
Building the UK-ANZ Relationship
• Long-standing collegiate relationship
between UK SKA Industry Consortium &
ASKAIC

SKA
...
Non-Astronomy Opportunities
Big Data: cloud computing, processing, transport, storage
Communications: sensor networks, NBN...
Possible Next Steps
• Tripartite demonstration Big Data project
• eg. Dome project in the Netherlands
• UK Delegation to A...
Australia/NZ

UK

John Humphreys

Nigel Rix

Chair
johnh@globalinnovation.com.au

Director of Electronics
nigel.rix@espktn...
How can UKTI help you?
• Provide grants to help you research the market
through our Export Market Research Scheme
(EMRS)
•...
Next Steps
If you are interested in learning
more about opportunities here then
get in touch with your local UKTI
Internat...
http://ukhpc.co.uk/conference
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UKTI Webinar Square Kilometre Array

  1. 1. Super telescope, super opportunities: British business and the Square Kilometre Array (SKA) 1
  2. 2. Hosted by: Jim Thompson ICT Sector Specialist, UKTI Australia Svetozar Kovacevic UK Science and Innovation Network Guest Presenter: John Humphreys Chair, Australasian SKA & Big Data Industry Consortium
  3. 3. What is the SKA?
  4. 4. Square Kilometre Array World’s largest, most sensitive radio telescope Thousands of linked dishes/antennas across Australia, NZ and Southern Africa Combined collecting area of 1 km2 (1 million m2) Funded by consortium of 10 countries, est. cost over £1b
  5. 5. Two Continents, One Telescope South Africa Namibia Botswana Zambia Mozambique Kenya Ghana Madagascar Mauritius Australia New Zealand
  6. 6. MeerKAT Southern Africa SKA1 (~10% scale, 2017-2022) Dishes SKA Dish • 254 Dish Array (mid freq.) • • 64 dishes (MeerKAT) 190 SKA SKA2 (full scale, 2021-) • 3000 Dish Array (mid freq.) • Dense aperture array http://www.ska.ac.za/download/our_journey_brochure.pdf Dense Aperture Array
  7. 7. ASKAP Australia SKA1 (~10% scale, 2017-2022) • 96 Dish Array (mid freq.) • • SKA Dish 36 complete (ASKAP) 60 SKA • 1000’s sparse aperture array antennas (low freq.) SKA2 (full scale, 2021-) • Full (500,000?) sparse aperture array http://www.ska.gov.au/media/pubs/Documents/SKA%20in%20Australia%20Factsheet.pdf Sparse Aperture Array
  8. 8. Scale and Power Over 900 Petabytes data collected by SKA in a single day: 15 million 64 GB iPods Over 80,000 km optical fibre required: enough to wrap around the earth twice Compared to global internet traffic, dishes will produce 10× more, aperture arrays over 100× more Supercomputer requirements: 1018 operations per second, equivalent to the number of stars in 3m Milky Way galaxies; processing power of 100m PCs
  9. 9. Project Timeline 2013 Request for proposals Proposal responses Proposal evaluation Cost ceiling established Design consortia start Preliminary design review Prototype systems deployed Critical design review Seek SKA1 funding Develop SKAO governance SKA1 construction approved Tender & procure construction SKA1 construction Detailed design of SKA2 SKA1 early science 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022
  10. 10. South Africa: MeerKAT Precursor
  11. 11. Australia: SKA Pathfinder (ASKAP) Phased Array Feed technology developed by CSIRO
  12. 12. Key UK Government Stakeholders
  13. 13. What is the ASKAIC?
  14. 14. Australasian SKA & Big Data Industry Consortium Representative only + other companies £11.4m £0.85m
  15. 15. ASKAIC’s Goals • Continue to support ANZ Governments in the Pre-Construction Phase of the SKA • Maximise the non-astronomy industry opportunities from SKA, including Big Data, Energy Efficiency etc. • Foster regional research/industry connections through SKA and broader industry engagements • Provide an industry-led catalyst for informing national strategy regarding Big Data • Develop SKA industry consortia activity; focus on UK/ANZ as exemplar for future industry consortia-building by stakeholder nations
  16. 16. Opportunities for UK Industry
  17. 17. Work Packages for Industry Dishes Telescope Manager Central Signal Processor Synchronisation and Timing Phased Array Feeds Low Frequency Aperture Array Science Data Processor Power Wide Band Single Pixel Feeds Mid Frequency Aperture Array Signal and Data Transport Site and Infrastructure
  18. 18. Work Packages for Industry: UK Lead Work Package Lead Consortia Members Science Data Processor University of Cambridge University of Cambridge CSIRO Astronomy & Space Science ASTRON Netherlands Institute for Radio Astronomy SKA South Africa ICRAR SDP-NZ STFC University of Manchester MPIfR Bonn Instituto de Astrofísica de Andalucía-CSIC ICCS, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory University of Melbourne CADC/cyberSKA University of Oxford Software and computing
  19. 19. Work Packages for Industry: UK Lead Work Package Lead Consortia Members Signal and Data Transport University of Manchester University of Manchester CSIRO Astronomy and Space Science Instituto de Telecomunicações Joint Institute for VLBI in Europe (JIVE) ASTRON Netherlands Institute for Radio Astronomy SKA South Africa University of Granada The SKA telecomms network Synchronisation and Timing
  20. 20. Work Packages for Industry: Others Work Package Lead Consortia Members Dishes CSIRO CSIRO Astronomy and Space Science Penticton, NRC, HIA, DRAO & University of Calgary NAOC, JLRAT ASTRON SKA South Africa INAF Chalmers University & Onsala Observatory University of Manchester Phased Array Feeds Wide Band Single Pixel Feeds Discussions: EMSS, MMS, BAE Systems (South Africa) CETC54/JLRAT (China) Airborne Composites (ASTRON, NL) Finmeccanica (INAF, Italy) Université de Bordeaux 1, Observatoire de Paris (France) Low Noise Factory, Omnisys Instruments AB (Sweden) Lockheed Martin, BAE Systems, GE (Australia) Selex-Galileo (UK)
  21. 21. Work Packages for Industry: Others Work Package Lead Consortia Members Low Frequency Aperture Array ASTRON ASTRON Netherlands Institute for Radio Astronomy ICRAR INAF-IRA JIVE Observatoire de Paris Raman Research Institute (RRI) Université de Bordeaux 1 (UB1) University of Cambridge University of Malta University of Manchester University of Oxford Mid Frequency Aperture Array
  22. 22. Work Packages for Industry: Others Work Package Lead Consortia Members Central Signal Processor NRC National Research Council of Canada (NRC) Canadian SKA Industry Consortium (IBM Canada, others) University of Alberta University of Calgary Work Package Lead Consortia Members Telescope Manager NCRA-TIFR National Centre for Radio Astrophysics - Tata Institute of Fundamental Research (NCRA-TIFR)
  23. 23. Which UK Companies are Interested in SKA? RFMOD
  24. 24. UK Companies Active in the ANZ SKA
  25. 25. Building the UK-ANZ Relationship • Long-standing collegiate relationship between UK SKA Industry Consortium & ASKAIC SKA • Informal collaborative discussions have already commenced between UK-ANZ • Three countries understand common issues and opportunities • Focus extending beyond SKA to Big Data & other non-astronomy fields
  26. 26. Non-Astronomy Opportunities Big Data: cloud computing, processing, transport, storage Communications: sensor networks, NBN Energy efficiency: renewables, reliability, heat control Construction: remote location, infrastructure, maintenance Manufacturing: material, design and systems engineering Skill: training and expertise
  27. 27. Possible Next Steps • Tripartite demonstration Big Data project • eg. Dome project in the Netherlands • UK Delegation to ANZ – 2013/2014 • Leverage off SKA relationships to build a stronger UK & ANZ industry alliance • Establish annual program of UK & ANZ industry collaboration? • Collective drive to enhance industry input to SKA Organisation & Manchester HQ
  28. 28. Australia/NZ UK John Humphreys Nigel Rix Chair johnh@globalinnovation.com.au Director of Electronics nigel.rix@espktn.org Jim Thompson Louis Barson ICT Sector Lead jim.thompson@fco.gov.uk Science and Innovation Unit louis.barson@ukti.gsi.gov.uk Svetozar Kovacevic Prof. Richard Schilizzi Australian Representative svetozar.kovacevic@fco.gov.uk SKA Group richard.schilizzi@manchester.ac.uk Prof. John Bancroft Simon Berry Head of Project Devt Asia Pacific john.bancroft@stfc.ac.uk Programmes Directorate Simon.Berry@stfc.ac.uk
  29. 29. How can UKTI help you? • Provide grants to help you research the market through our Export Market Research Scheme (EMRS) • Conduct market research & contact finding for you through our Overseas Market Information Service (OMIS) • Help you attend Exhibitions through our Tradeshow Access Programme (TAP) • Help you successfully visit the market as part of a Trade Mission through our Visit Scheme (MVS)
  30. 30. Next Steps If you are interested in learning more about opportunities here then get in touch with your local UKTI International Trade Adviser. You can find your local ITA through our website www.ukti.gov.uk or contact jim.thompson@fco.gov.uk
  31. 31. http://ukhpc.co.uk/conference

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