Intel backs African SKA bid
COMPUTING| July 26, 2011, 2:29 p.m.
Intel has become the latest multinational to throw its weight behind Africa’s bid to house the Square Kilometre Array (SKA), which is expected to boost science and technology in the region.
Technology giant Intel has become the latest multinational to throw its weight behind South Africa’s bid to house the Square Kilometre Array (SKA), with the signing of an agreement with the SKA and Department of Science and Technology to provide the latest processing technologies to the project.
South Africa is currently bidding against Australia to house the largest and most sensitive radio telescope in the Southern Hemisphere. The agreement will see Intel providing its most sophisticated high-performance computing processors to process the enormous amounts of data which will be generated by the project’s radio telescopes.
Speaking at the signing of the agreement in Pretoria, South Africa, Intel Vice President and EMEA General Manager Christian Morales said the company viewed South Africa as the gateway to Africa, and the SKA project would give the country – and the continent – the opportunity to showcase its technology, infrastructure and expertise to the world.
“The SKA will unlock many benefits for South Africa and Africa through job creation, enhancing ICT skills and monetary inflows,” said Morales. “We feel we can help put South African scientists on the map, reaffirm the country’s scientific and engineering capabilities, and attract young people to careers in science and engineering.”
The project calls for a wide range of engineering skills in areas such as digital signal processing, radio frequency engineering, antenna design and software development.
Part of the attractiveness of the African bid is that South Africa provides the ideal site for the telescope due to its well-placed and legally protected radio-quiet environment. If successful, the project will also have outstations in Namibia, Botswana, Ghana, Kenya, Madagascar, Mauritius, Mozambique and Zambia.
South Africa already has existing astronomy capabilities in the form of the Southern African Large Telescope, Gauteng’s radio astronomy observatory HartRAO and the KAT-7 array radio telescope. Currently under construction is the MeerKAT, a 64-dish cutting-edge pathfinder, which forms a test bed to determine which technologies are best suited to the international project.
It is expected that the SKA, with its massive computing and bandwidth requirements, will drive technology development particularly in information and communication technology. Spin off innovations in this area will benefit other systems that process large volumes of data from geographically dispersed sources. The energy requirements of the SKA also present an opportunity to accelerate technology development in scalable renewable energy generation, distribution, storage and demand reduction.
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