Image credits: ASKAP/CSIRO, SKAO and ICRAR/Pawsey.
The AusSRC Design Study Program is $4m program, funded by the Australian Government and CSIRO. The program is lead by ICRAR and CSIRO in collaboration with the Pawsey Centre, the MWA, the Shanghai Astronomical Observatory (ERIDANUS Project), AAL, and the international SRC Steering Committee. The program will define an AusSRC design and costing based on requirements and experiences gathered from the Australian and regional communities and the SKA precursors. The program will initially run from 2019 to 2022 and produce a submission to the Federal Cabinet for Stage 1 operational funding. Stage 1 (2022-2027) will focus on the operational support for science with SKA precursors. Stage 1 will also engage in SKA-LOW commissioning and early science from SKA-LOW. A Stage 2 proposal and deployment of AusSRC would take place in the 2028-30 period.
The program will utilise a top-down analysis of SRC requirements in global collaboration with other SRCs and the SKAO, as well as a bottom-up approach solving practical computational and data problems within the SKA precursor projects, leading to the design and prototyping of the architecture of the future Australian SRC.
A significant body of work is required to develop the SRC concept. The program will use a top-down analysis of SRC requirements in global collaboration with other SRCs and the SKAO, and a bottom-up approach solving practical computational and data problems within the SKA precursor projects, leading to the design and prototyping of the architecture of the future Australian SRC.
The AusSRC Design Study Program will identify, assess, and test potential solutions for providing the tools, services, and people needed for the Australian (and regional partner) research communities to utilise SKA data outputs. When completed, this is expected to bring together a range of resources, potentially including Australia’s HPC network (including the Pawsey Centre); other HPC capabilities; commercial cloud services; AARNet; and overseas facilities.
Program Key Activities
- Develop AusSRC requirements based on inputs from the SKA, international SRC development, and Australian SKA Precursors;
- Develop a technical architecture of the AusSRC, prototype its key elements, and develop an implementation plan;
- Execute a range of projects focused on supporting and improving the science outputs of ASKAP and MWA in order to enable the development of precursor driven requirements, and assist the precursors with their specific needs;
- Participate in development and verification of requirements for international SRCs, particularly through prototyping and deploying elements of infrastructure between AusSRC and ChinaSRC;
- Participate in the SKA and SRC data challenges;
- Develop and prototype the architecture of the SKA Science Archive in AusSRC and its API for post-processing;
- Prototype solutions for visual data analysis of SKA-scale data and test within the ASKAP and MWA science projects;
- Develop and present the Australian Government with the AusSRC Business Case/Plan;
- Establish links and collaborations with the international effort to develop the SKA Regional Centres, participate in established SRCSC working groups;
- Establish links, develop strategies and collaborative projects with Australian ICT companies that can assist with achieving the above goals;
- Establish links to other relevant projects such as AENEAS, OzGrav, ASVO, WLCG (computing for LHC) etc.
To enquire more about the program please Dr Slava Kitaeff – AusSRC DSP Program Lead.