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Comment: Re:LOFAR - interferometric array (Score 1) 67 67

The Blue Gene/L was replaced by a Blue Gene/P in 2008. It is interesting to see that, at the beginning of the project, the most powerful supercomputer in Europe (for abour a month or so) was required. Now, only a few years later, more work can be done using only a few servers with accelerators. The SKA will ofcourse be a whole different challenge, which requires a completely different way of thinking about computing.

Comment: Re:It's a 50-year research program (Score 2) 78 78

the SKA member countries include Australia, Canada, India, China, France, Germany, Italy, Portugal, Spain, South Africa, Sweden, the Netherlands, the UK and the USA

The SKA organization currently consist of Australia, Canada, China, Italy, the Netherlands, New Zealand, South Africa, and the UK. Other countries do participate in the development programs.

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New Europe-Wide Radio Telescope To Look For ET 49 49

astroengine writes "A new radio telescope is under construction, consisting of 44 stations (each consisting of several antennae) spread across Europe. The pan-European Low Frequency Array is half built and already returning unprecedented observations of cosmic radio sources. The best thing is, when it's complete, SETI will be able to use the array to seek out transmitting extraterrestrial civilizations in these untapped low radio frequencies."

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