ASTRON & IBM Center for Exascale Technology

Second Dome Colloquium

Sensors, Signals and Smart Systems

Sharing new insights and knowledge, making them available to a wider societal context, is a major driving force behind Dome. This is why we would like to invite you to the second Dome Colloquium on Wednesday 13 April 2016: Sensors, Signals and Smart Systems.  During the event, four companies will be signing a collaboration agreement to do applied research in the Dome context. And, last but not least, we will be hosting a showcase market.


Imagine we were able to build a sensor network in such a way, that accuracy could be weighed against data volume and/or acquisition time. In Dome, we have been developing methods for exactly that purpose: revolutionary techniques for processing and reducing data, before we move on to visualizing it.

Thanks to the generality of the approach, these new methods are not only applicable to radio astronomical data, but also medical data or data included in various "Internet of Things" systems, for example.

Key advantage of the new methods: by doing more and smarter editing on data, the amount of data can be reduced in the acquisition phase. This means plenty of room for new, optimized software - including visualization and control systems. If this could be of interest to your organisation, now or in the future, then you should not miss this Dome Colloquium! Paul Hurley will speak on this subject.


Real-time communication (RDMA)

Are you having trouble with the performance of your system when it comes to processing large streams of sensor or input data? Are you dissatisfied with the performance of the input and output of your (computer) system? Having problems processing input data in quasi real time and sinking it to local or distributed storage?

Perhaps you can free up some time and investigate solutions using RDMA (Remote Direct Memory Access - an industry standard with its roots in High Performance Computing) and RDMA/non-volatile memory (“flash” memory) integration technologies. In the Dome project, we have built a solution that uses RDMA and flash memory to transfer and process huge amounts of radio-astronomic data in real time.


Would you be interested in using these standard technologies to consume less power, get higher performance for your data processing and link it with modern standards for Big Data Analytics (based on Apache Spark, for instance)? Confirm your presence at the second Dome Colloquium now. Speaker on this subject will be Bernard Metzler.


New collaboration agreement

The big data collaboration between ASTRON and IBM is now getting to a point where not only fundamental research, but also applied research is key to realize the Square Kilometre Array (SKA). As part of the program of13 April, Gert Kruithof of ASTRON and four Dome Users Platform members will sign a new agreement to collaborate in the area of big data and radio astronomy. These four partners are S&TTriopSysKxA and MMPBI.

Open invitation

ASTRON and IBM are proud to invite you to this second Dome Colloquium on Wednesday 13 April 2016 in Dwingeloo. Your presence would be highly appreciated. Please register here. If you would like to bring one or more guests, please use the same website to register them as well.