International Symposium on Future of High Performance Green Computing 2018 (HPGC2018)
Parallel Computing at the SKA Telescope
The SKA radio telescope will be a massive, world-class scientific instrument, currently under design by a worldwide consortium, to progress to full operation in South Africa and Australia in the mid-2020's. The capabilities of the telescope are expected to enable major scientific breakthroughs. At the center of its data processing sits the Science Data Processor, a large HPC system with specialized parallel software. In this lecture, we will give the work of and challenges faced by the SDP design consortium to create a software platform for parallel computing, which has both well-understood and fairly unusual components, among which is a requirement for memory bandwidth exceeding 100 PB/sec.
Peter Braam is a scientist and entrepreneur focused on large-scale computing. After obtaining a PhD in mathematics under Michael Atiyah at Oxford, he was an academic at several universities including Oxford, CMU and Cambridge. Peter created the Lustre parallel file system, which has become a key product for large-scale HPC. Peter founded and sold several successful startup companies, and held executive roles at public companies subsequently. From 2013, Peter has been contributing to architecture for data processing in the SKA telescope and is doing research and design for solutions in the area of data-intensive computing.