Computing for SKA Colloquium 2015

The Organising Committee warmly invites you to this special event - the annual Colloquium hosted by the New Zealand SKA Alliance in conjunction with the Institute for Radio Astronomy and Space Research and the School for Computer and Mathematical Sciences at AUT.

This Colloquium brings together industry and academics working on the design of computer systems for the Square Kilometre Array (SKA) - the mega science project of the 21st century to build the largest and most sensitive radio telescope in the world.  This is an opportunity to meet some of the brightest computing talents and contributors in the world and learn the range of solutions to meet the unprecedented computing demands from SKA and similar industries over the next 10 years.


THURSDAY 12 February

9.30     Opening and welcome
9.40 Marco Caiazzo

SKA Overview

9.50     Sergei Gulyaev - SKA Science
10.10   Kjesten Wiig -MBIE Perspective on SKA Opportunity for NZ
10.30   TN Chan -Spinning SKA Design Efforts for NZ Industry

10.50-11.10 Tea break (20 min)11.10   John Bancroft -SKA Construction Procurement Strategy
11.30   Andrew Ensor -SKA Computing Challenges


11.50   Brent Carlson - PowerMX Specifications and Example Applications
12.10   Rezaul Hasan - ASIC design for SKA - SKASIC

12.30-1.30 Lunch (60 min)

Hardware Technologies

1.30   Trung Tran - Data Flow Processing with FPGA
1.50   Shaohua Wu - Tianhe-2, the world's fastest supercomputer
2.10   David Honey - Technology Roadmap update SGI
2.30   Seth Hall - Manycore and GPU channelisers
2.50   Nicolas Erdody - A Software Development Environment for the SKA CSP

3.10-3.30 Tea break (20 min)


3.30   Nicolas Pradel -Correlators in Radio Astronomy (DiFX)
3.50   David Wilson / Brody Radford -Following the rules:  The advantages of a systematic modelling framework for large projects
4.10   Stepan Lapshev -Two accumulator CMACs for the X part of a Very Large FX Correlator

4.30Close day one


Dinner at "Fish" Restaurant (Hilton Hotel, Princes Wharf)

FRIDAY 13 February

9.00   Session starts - announcements from the Organising Committee
9.10   Ronald Luijten (remote) - The IBM-DOME 64bit microserver demonstrator: findings, status and outlook

Pulsar Search

9.30   Willem van Straten - Mining the Radio Sky for Pulsars and Transients
9.50   Nathan Scott - Neuromorphic Computing using NeuCube for Dispersed Transient and Pulsar Search


10.10   Maxim Voronkov - Calibration and Imaging for ASKAP
10.30   Anthony Griffin - Modelling the SDP Imaging Precision

10.50-11.10 Tea break (20 min)

Data & Software Technologies

11.10 Charles Yun - REANNZ Vision for Networked Science
11.30   Daniel Richards - Data Direct Networks - Storage Roadmaps
11.50   Mahmoud Mahmoud - Scheduling Optimization for SKA HPC Middleware
12.10   Matthew Simmons - Are mobile GPUs the future of low power supercomputing?

12.30-1.30 Lunch (60min)

1.30   David Loop - Canada's involvement in the SKA
1.50   Tim Natusch - Radio astronomy data compression
2.10   Michael Coleman - Unified Data Models
2.30   Don Christie - Open Source, Open Stack and SKA

2.50-3.10 Tea break (20min)

3.10 Close day two 3.30   Bus departs Auckland for Warkworth 4.30 Refreshments at Ransom Wines, Warkworth
5.30   Tour AUT's Radio Astronomical Observatory, Warkworth6.30   Bus departs Warkworth for return to city
7.30 Bus arrives Auckland (approx)

Alex St. John     Nyriad
Amita Gupta     Oracle
Andrew Ensor     HPC Lab, AUT
Anthony Griffin     HPC Lab, AUT
Ben Hart     IRASR, AUT
Brent Carlson     NRC, Canada
Brett Telfer     Callaghan Innovation
Brody Radford     HPC Lab/Engineering, AUT
Charles Yun     REANNZ
Daniel Richards     Data Direct Networks
David Eaton     Hewlett-Packard
David Fielder     Compucon
David Honey     SGI
David Loop     NRC, Canada
David Wilson     Engineering, AUT
Don Christie     Catalyst
Haomiao Wang     University of Auckland
John Bancroft     RIO, AUT
Jonathan Miller     Callaghan Innovation
Jordan Alexander     IRASR, AUT
Kevin Byard     Economics, AUT
Kjesten Wiij     MBIE
Mahmoud Mahmoud     IRASR, AUT
Marco Caiazzo     SKA Office
Matthew Simmons     Nyriad
Maxim Voronkov     CSIRO
Michael Coleman     Oracle
Nathan Scott     KEDRI
Nicolas Erdody     Open Parallel
Nicolas Pradel     HPC Lab/IRASR, AUT
Peter Baille     HPC Lab, AUT
Peter Thomasson     IRASR, AUT
Rezaul Hasan     Massey University
Sergei Gulyaev     IRASR, AUT
Seth Hall     HPC Lab, AUT
Shaohua Wu     Inspur
Stefan Wong     Engineering, AUT
Stephan Lapshev     Massey University
Stephen Moore     Hewlett-Packard
Steve Groom     Braemac
Steve Thompson     British High Commission
Stuart Long     Oracle
Stuart Weston     IRASR, AUT
Tim Natusch     IRASR, AUT
TN Chan     Compucon
Trung Tran     Altera
Willem van Straten     Swinburne University of Technology
Xu He     Compucon

Organising Committees

  • John Bancroft (AUT)
  • TN Chan (Compucon)
  • Andrew Ensor– Co-chair (AUT)
  • Nicolás Erdödy (Open Parallel Ltd)
  • Sergei Gulyaev– Co-chair (AUT)
  • Rezaul Hasan (Massey University)
  • Oliver Sinnen (University of Auckland)
  • Patricia Sallis (AUT – admin)