IBM braces itself for ‘deluge’ of data from telescope which outputs an ‘exabyte’ of data a day – more traffic than the whole internet

Posted: December 5, 2011 in Aliens, Comet/Asteroid, Disinfo, NASA, Nibiru/Planet X, Scientific Experiments
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  • Telescope is 10,000 times faster than any radio telescope today
  • Huge array of dishes connected by optical fibres
  • £1.3 billion machine will come to life in 2016

 

The £1.3 billion Square Kilometer Array is one of the most ambitious science projects ever undertaken – and the biggest telescope every built.

It will consist of dishes spread over a square kilometer of land in either South Africa or New Zealand – and will scan the sky 10,000 times faster than any existing telescope.

Signals received by the SKA will be transferred to a central high performance supercomputer by optical fibres. The rate at which the vast quantities of data will be transferred will far exceed the data rates of current internet traffic – but IBM is already designing machines to digest it.

 
The Square Kilometer Array will generate so much data that no supercomputer on Earth could deal with it - every day, it will generate an 'exabyte' of data, more than the world's daily internet trafficThe Square Kilometer Array will generate so much data that no supercomputer on Earth could deal with it – every day, it will generate an ‘exabyte’ of data, more than the world’s daily internet traffic.

 

 
Astronomers and engineers from more than 70 institutes in 20 countries are designing the SKA - it will be 50 times more sensitive, and will survey the sky 10,000 times faster, than any other telescopeAstronomers and engineers from more than 70 institutes in 20 countries are designing the SKA – it will be 50 times more sensitive, and will survey the sky 10,000 times faster, than any other telescope.

 

 
The Square Kilometer Array will create three-dimensional maps of 'cosmic magnets' to understand how they stabilise galaxies, influence the formation of stars and planets, and regulate solar and stellar activityThe Square Kilometer Array will create three-dimensional maps of ‘cosmic magnets’ to understand how they stabilise galaxies, influence the formation of stars and planets, and regulate solar and stellar activity.

The amount of data captured by the dishes is near-impossible to even imagine – enough to fill 15 million of the largest-capacity iPods every day.

Currently, most astronomy projects are managed ‘manually’ – ie by astronomers using comptuers, but ‘picking’ which data to home in on. The SKA will generate so much data this will be impossible.

But IBM has already prototyped software that can ‘digest’ it — and says that the technology could allow companies to oversee telecommunications systems and transport networks more effectively than they do today.

 
Concept imagery of the Square Kilometer Array - the dishes will be connected by a network of fibre optic cables built to move more information than the entire internet does todayConcept imagery of the Square Kilometer Array – the dishes will be connected by a network of fibre optic cables built to move more information than the entire internet does today.

 

 
The SKA will scan the sky 10,000 times faster than any other telescope - and will help scientists unravel mysteries such as 'dark energy' by mapping the cosmic distribution of hydrogen, and tracking 'young' galaxiesThe SKA will scan the sky 10,000 times faster than any other telescope – and will help scientists unravel mysteries such as ‘dark energy’ by mapping the cosmic distribution of hydrogen, and tracking ‘young’ galaxies.

Working with Dr Melanie Johnston-Hollitt, a radio astronomer from Victoria University in Wellington, IBM constructed the Information Intensive Framework (IIF) prototype to automate key elements of the work currently undertaken manually by scientists.

‘The Information Intensive Framework prototype tested several new concepts and is IBM’s first attempt to tackle the data intensive challenge faced by astronomy,’ said Dougal Watt, Chief Technology Officer, IBM New Zealand, and Chair of NZ SKA Industry Consortium’.

‘While developed with SKA in mind, the results are also applicable to other organisations faced with a ‘data deluge’. These range from individual manufacturing plants and telecommunications companies to whole transport networks and healthcare systems.’

 
Radio telescopes detect radio-frequency signals from space. They can reveal areas of space that may be obscured with cosmic dust. The SKA will the biggest and fastest ever builtRadio telescopes detect radio-frequency signals from space. They can reveal areas of space that may be obscured with cosmic dust. The SKA will the biggest and fastest ever built.

Dr Johnston-Hollitt said: ‘Undertaking research on exa-scale datasets will force radio astronomers into a new, as yet, unexplored habit of automated processing, imaging and analysis.

‘We will need new solutions to fully realize the vast scientific potential.’

Source Article Link: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-2070211/IBM-braced-deluge-data-Square-Kilometer-Array-telescope.html#ixzz1ffmxqA9n

(AUTHOR’S NOTE: They must be worried about something ‘out there’ to even attempt this sort of thing.  But remember, it’s for ‘science’ and the good of the public?  As long as the ‘elite’s have their underground city shelters, who’s worried?  Not me!!)

“Keep your nose to the ground and your eyes to the sky.”

JP

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