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Design complete for world’s largest radio telescope ‘brain’

The design of the computer ‘brain’ of the world’s largest radio telescope has been completed by an international group of scientists led by the UK.

Once operational, the Square Kilometre Array (SKA), will enable astronomers to monitor the sky in unprecedented detail and survey the entire sky much faster than any system currently in existence.

The SKA’s Science Data Processor (SDP) consortium, led by the University of Cambridge, has designed the elements that will together form the ‘brain’ of the SKA. SDP itself will be composed of two supercomputers, one located in Cape Town, South Africa and one in Perth, Australia, and its total compute power will be 25% faster than the current fastest supercomputer in the world.

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