SKA bid looks to SkyNet for computing

Key players behind the Australian-New Zealand joint bid to host the $2.1 billion Square Kilometre Array radio telescope will launch a grid Cloud computing initiative by September with the aim of potentially harvesting the computing and storage power of desktops worldwide.

The International Centre for Radio Astronomy Research (ICRAR), along with iVEC, the company running the $80 million high performance computing Pawsey Centre at CSIRO in Western Australia, are set to launch a citizen science application this year based on the open source Nereus V Cloud computing technology developed at Oxford University. The application, dubbed theskynet by Australian researchers, would grant anyone not affiliated with the global telescope project access to the datasets formed out of the array’s work — via redwolf.newsvine.com

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