The Square Kilometre Array project that South Africa co-hosts with Australia has completed the design for its data needs and added a 13th member.
The science data processor design for the SKA started in 2012 and was completed on 9 May. The SKA will have two supercomputers to meet data needs, one for each of the main hosts. The South African one will be located in Cape Town.
The design consortium was lead by the University of Cambridge in the United Kingdom and also involved researchers from the South African Radio Astronomy Observatory, the Council for Industrial Research’s Centre for High Performance Computing, the University of Cape Town, South Africa’s Space Advisory Company, and Eclipse Holdings.