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[ExTech] The World's Biggest Radio Telescope Will Crunch Data on Your PC

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Imagine the world's biggest radio telescope, a massive array of 3,000 radio telescopes pointed at the sky, with a total collection area of one square kilometer. That's the goal of the Square Kilometer Array (SKA), a tremendous undertaking by the Australian and New Zealand governments to build a radio array that can detect even the faintest radio signals as they pass the Earth. Now imagine the volumes of information all of those radio telescopes will produce. No supercomputer on earth could handle the amount of information efficiently, so the team behind the SKA is turning to the public to help crunch the numbers.
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Edited by _GTech - 6/9/11 at 7:04am
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The source goes to source.com.
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Originally Posted by Boyboyd View Post
The source goes to source.com.
Same here. Needs fixed OP .
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Source until OP updates it: http://www.extremetech.com/article2/...2386580,00.asp

Cool bit: There's a problem with this though: in order to collect and process the data that this super-sensitive, super-sized telescope can pick up, you'll need more computing power than any of the world's fastest supercomputers has, and you'll need more storage space than the public Internet can provide right now. The project – when it's only partially online in 2013, will use up to 200 teraflops of raw processing power, and need over 1.5 petabytes (or 150 million gigabytes) of storage.

Not that massive when you compare it to F@H or SETI which have about 5.6 Petaflops and 730 teraflops of processing power, respectively.
Edited by Lampen - 6/9/11 at 7:03am
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Fixed, sorry.
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gtech man yo b slippin, your posting so many news threads that your forgetting pieces of them


anyway, they should probably go ask standford for some help, if they publicize f@h a little they'll easily give f@h enough users to handle it and they wont have to setup quite as much code for the users
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I'd crunch it.
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As long as they pay me for crunching it
     
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The citizen-computing initiative, ironically dubbed "Skynet," would be very familiar to at-home users who remember the SETI@Home or Folding@Home projects.
Ironically? The only ironic thing is that we'll believe them and it'll bring us doom.

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It won't hit its peak until 2020.
There you have it. Man will be destroyed 2020.
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Err, what the hell? I thought SETI was getting cancelled??

I mean, I guess this would have other applications than looking for ET, but it's the same signals so I'd have thought different labs & applications could use the data in different ways
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