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'Brain' of world's largest radio telescope designed

Press Trust of India  |  London 

Scientists at have finished designing the 'brain' of the (SKA), the world's largest radio telescope.

When complete, the will enable astronomers to monitor the sky in unprecedented detail and survey the entire sky much faster than any system currently in existence, researchers said.

The SKA's Science Data Processor (SDP) consortium has concluded its engineering design work, marking the end of five years' work to design one of two supercomputers that will process the enormous amounts of data produced by the SKA's

"We estimate SDP's total compute power to be around 250 PFlops -- that's 25 per cent faster than IBM's Summit, the current fastest supercomputer in the world," said Maurizio Miccolis, SDP's for the Organisation.

"In total, up to 600 petabytes of data will be distributed around the world every year from SDP -- enough to fill more than a million average laptops," he said.

The SDP consortium, led by the in the UK, has designed the elements that will together form the 'brain' of the

SDP is the second stage of processing for the masses of digitised astronomical signals collected by the telescope's receivers.

In total, close to 40 institutions in 11 countries took part.

The role of the consortium was to design the platforms, software, and algorithms needed to process science data from the Central Signal Processor (CSP) into

SDP itself will be composed of two supercomputers, one located in Cape Town, and one in Perth,

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First Published: Mon, May 13 2019. 16:06 IST