2019 SKA Shanghai Meeting: Concluding our Past, Realising our Future

Asia/Shanghai
Wanda Reign on the Bund (No. 538, Zhongshan 2nd East Road, Huangpu, 200000 Shanghai
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Shanghai will be the stunning venue for the SKA Meeting on Engineering, Commissioning and Operations(Credit: Steffan Fussan-CC BY-SA 3.0)

                                Second Announcement

                                   The SKA System Design, Operations & Plans

The SKA community is gearing up for one of the biggest events in this year’s project’s calendar: the 2019 SKA Meeting in Shanghai.

Registration is open for the 25-28 November meeting, which will bring together hundreds of engineers, data scientists, astronomers and other experts from within the SKA community and beyond. The focus will be on the immediate and long-term future of the SKA telescopes, from procurement to commissioning and operations.

In a year of milestones for the SKA project, the Shanghai Meeting promises another. For the first time, the SKA Organisation will present the full design of the two telescopes, finally unifying the years of work carried out by the SKA’s design consortia.  This first look at the detailed elements as a cohesive whole will set the scene for the overall System Critical Design Review, taking place at SKA Global HQ just two weeks later.

“So far we’ve seen individual parts of the SKA’s design, like seeing sections of a jigsaw but not the full image,” says Tim Stevenson, SKAO Head of Mission Assurance and EOC Chair. “To see those pieces put together, the culmination of all that effort from teams around the world, will be quite momentous for all involved.”

For the past 18 months, critical design reviews have been taking place for nine of the SKA’s international engineering design consortia, each focusing on a key element of the telescopes’ design. The System CDR will ensure these individual pieces can operate as one and meet the exacting system requirements for the SKA to achieve its science goals.

“For those who may have watched the SKA’s progression from a distance, this is the point at which we can say: this is what we will build, and now is the time to get involved,” says SKA Director-General Prof. Phil Diamond. “From the engineers who will construct this amazing machine, to the data scientists who will keep it at the forefront of innovations in the field, and seasoned experts in commissioning and operating existing facilities – we want to grow our community and this meeting is the perfect opportunity to do so. I encourage all interested parties to join us in Shanghai.”

As well as the design preview and talks by colleagues at precursor, pathfinder and peer projects, there will be sessions on the latest developments towards the network of SKA Science Regional Centres (SRCs). These SRCs will be supercomputing facilities dotted around the globe that will be processing and hosting hundreds of petabytes of data, acting as the final interface with the end users, namely the scientists and astronomers.

To remind the assembled delegates, who will be mostly engineers and managers, of the true significance of their endeavours, each day will commence with a science talk, addressing major topics in the SKA’s science case, delivered by astronomers in those respective fields.

Co-hosted by the SKA Organisation and China’s Ministry of Science and Technology, the Shanghai Meeting will provide an opportunity for our Chinese partners to celebrate the significant contribution of Chinese institutions to the SKA to date. This has included leading the international Dish consortium designing the SKA-mid antennas -including the fabrication of two prototype dishes, designing the synchronisation system for SKA-low within the Signal and Data Transport consortium, and contributions towards science operations planning.

Attendees will have the chance to visit China’s flagship radio astronomy project, the Five-hundred metre Aperture Spherical Telescope (FAST), which is the world’s largest filled aperture radio telescope. This mega-science endeavour, constructed in just five years in a natural basin in China’s southwest Guizhou province, can offer numerous lessons for the SKA as it heads into procurement and construction.

All are welcome to attend the meeting, and further information on how to register can be found at the following link: https://indico.skatelescope.org/event/551/registrations/

Presentations, or Posters of experience and lessons learned from SKA Precursor, Pathfinder and sister projects are invited for the following sessions:

Radio Telescope Commissioning
Radio Observatory Engineering Operations
Radio Observatory Science Operations

Presentation length will be determined based on the abstract and contributors suggestions, and will be notified upon selection.

To submit an abstract for consideration under these topics, please use the "Submit new abstract" button below.

Surveys
Operations Q&A
Procurement Q&A
Participants
  • Abraham Johannes Otto
  • Aidan Hotan
  • Akiharu Nakagawa
  • Alessandro Navarrini
  • Althea Wilkinson
  • Andrea Casson
  • Andrea Possenti
  • Andreas van Zyl
  • Andreas Wicenec
  • Angela Taylor
  • Anna Bonaldi
  • Anna Scaife
  • Antonio Chrysostomou
  • Antony Schinckel
  • Baoqiang Lao
  • Bassem Alachkar
  • Biao Du
  • Bin Li
  • Bo Hu
  • Bo Qin
  • Bo Wang
  • Bo Zhang
  • Bryan Butler
  • Carole Jackson
  • Cassandra Cavallaro
  • Chen Long
  • Chen Wang
  • Chenchen Liu
  • Chiara Ferrari
  • Cornelius Taljaard
  • Cristina Garcia Miro
  • Darrel Liebenberg
  • David Johannes Fourie
  • David Stevens
  • David Zhang
  • Dawei RONG
  • Domimgos Barbosa
  • Dongliang Liu
  • Douglas Bock
  • Federico Perini
  • Feng Wang
  • Fengquan Wu
  • Fu-Guo Xie
  • Gary Hovey
  • Gerhard Swart
  • Gert Kruithof
  • Gianpietro Marchiori
  • Grant Hampson
  • Gundolf Wieching
  • Habib Khosroshahi
  • Hans-Thomas Zimmerer
  • Haomin Sun
  • Haoyang Ye
  • Harro Verkouter
  • Hideyuki Kobayashi
  • Hiroshi Imai
  • Huanyuan Shan
  • Hui Li
  • Hui Zhang
  • Isak Theron
  • Jader Monari
  • Jean-Paul Kneib
  • Jian Fu
  • Jianli Zhang
  • Jianwen Wei
  • Jingjing Li
  • Jingnan Feng
  • Jingnan Li
  • Jinqing Wang
  • Jinrong Yang
  • Jiyun Li
  • John Conway
  • John Reynolds
  • Joseph Diamond
  • Joseph McMullin
  • Juan Guzman
  • Juan Zhang
  • Julián Garrido Sánchez
  • Justin Jonas
  • Kazuyoshi Sunada
  • Ke Wang
  • Keith Grainge
  • Kevin Ferguson
  • Kristian Adami
  • Laith Danoon
  • Laurent Jammes
  • Lei Qian
  • Lewis Ball
  • Lihong Geng
  • Lihui JIANG
  • Lindsay Magnus
  • Lingling Wang
  • Linjie Chen
  • liu yin
  • lixin li
  • Long Jiang
  • Longxiang Li
  • Luca Stringhetti
  • Marco Caiazzo
  • MARGARET PERLEY
  • Maria Grazia Labate
  • Mark Bentum
  • Mark Bowen
  • Mark Stickells
  • Markus Dolensky
  • Martin Melchior
  • Massimiliano Tordi
  • Mathieu Isidro
  • Melanie Johnston-Hollitt
  • Mia Walker
  • Michael Garrett
  • Michel PERAULT
  • Michelle Hussey
  • Mike Pearson
  • Miles Deegan
  • Minglei Tong
  • Nianhua Jiang
  • Nicholas Rees
  • Pascal Rochat
  • Paul Boven
  • Peter Quinn
  • Philip Diamond
  • Pieter Benthem
  • Prabhakar Tiwari
  • Prabu Thiagaraj
  • Prashanth Mohan
  • Qi Liu
  • Qiming Wang
  • Qiqi Liu
  • Quan Guo
  • Rajesh Tamhane
  • Ralph Braddock
  • Randall Wayth
  • Raphael Pellerin
  • Renato Aurigemma
  • Renkun Kuang
  • Richard Lord
  • Richard Oberland
  • Richard Perley
  • Robert Braun
  • Robert Laing
  • Robert Lehmensiek
  • Rodrigo Tobar
  • Roelien Attema
  • rongbing zhao
  • Rosario Cimmino
  • Rosie Bolton
  • Rui CAO
  • Rupert Spann
  • Rusen Lu
  • Sangitiana RAKOTOZAFY HARISON
  • Sarah Lamb
  • Sarah Pearce
  • Sascha Schediwy
  • Shaoguang Guo
  • Shari Breen
  • Shaun Amy
  • Shawn Basson
  • Shenghua YU
  • Shoulin Wei
  • Shraddha Surana
  • Shuangjing Xu
  • Shuhua Ye
  • Sibusiso Clifford Gumede
  • Sijia Peng
  • Simon Ratcliffe
  • Sizwe Seranyane
  • Slava Kitaeff
  • Songlin Chen
  • Steve Barker
  • Steven Tingay
  • Sumit Jaiswal
  • Susana Sánchez Expósito
  • Swapnil Khandekar
  • Séverin Gaudet
  • Takaaki Jike
  • Takuya Akahori
  • Tao An
  • Thomas Abbott
  • Thomas Booler
  • Tim Stevenson
  • Tomoaki Oyama
  • Tomoya Hirota
  • Tracy Cheetham
  • Wei Dai
  • Wei Dou
  • Wei Zhao
  • Weimin Zheng
  • Weiye Zhong
  • Wenkai Hu
  • William Garnier
  • Wulin Zhao
  • Xiang-Ping Wu
  • Xiaocong Wu
  • Xiaofeng Yang
  • Xiaohui TAO
  • Xiaoying Zheng
  • Xiaoyu Hong
  • Xin Yang
  • Xiuzhong Zhang
  • Xuelei Chen
  • Xueming JIN
  • Yan Huang
  • Yang Jie
  • Yang Lu
  • Yang Wu
  • Ye Xu
  • Yi-Chao Li
  • Yijun Xu
  • Yingkang Zhang
  • Yiping Ao
  • Yogesh Wadadekar
  • Yongxin Zhu
  • Yu Lu
  • Yuan Luo
  • Yuanpeng Zheng
  • Yueming Liao
  • Yufeng Chen
  • Yun Yu
  • Yuqing Chen
  • Yusuke Kono
  • Yuuki Adachi
  • Zhen Yan
  • Zhi Qiu
  • Zhihan Qian
  • Zhijun Xu
  • Zhiyong Liu
  • Zhiyuan Li
  • Zhong Chen
  • Zhongli Zhang
  • Zhuang LI
  • 钰峰 陈
    • 08:00 09:00
      Registration Foyer

      Foyer

    • 09:00 09:30
      Welcome Grand Ballroom

      Grand Ballroom

      Speakers:
      Ministry of Science and Technology - Vice Minister WANG Xi
      Square Kilometre Array Organisation - Director-General Philip Diamond
      Chinese Academy of Sciences - GAO Hongjun
      Honorary Director of Shanghai Observatory, Academician - YE Shuhua
      Shanghai City Government - (Vice Mayor WU Qing)

    • 09:30 10:00
      Welcome: Introduction to 2019 SKA Shanghai Meeting Grand Ballroom

      Grand Ballroom

      Speakers:
      Ministry of Science and Technology - Vice Minister WANG Xi
      Square Kilometre Array Organisation - Director-General Philip Diamond
      Chinese Academy of Sciences - GAO Hongjun
      Honorary Director of Shanghai Observatory, Academician - YE Shuhua
      Shanghai City Government - (Vice Mayor WU Qing)

      Convener: Prof. Philip Diamond (SKA Organisation)
    • 10:00 11:00
      Group Photo + Coffee 1h Lobby

      Lobby

    • 11:00 11:30
      Welcome: Scene Setting - Design, Plans and Ops Grand Ballroom

      Grand Ballroom

      Speakers:
      Ministry of Science and Technology - Vice Minister WANG Xi
      Square Kilometre Array Organisation - Director-General Philip Diamond
      Chinese Academy of Sciences - GAO Hongjun
      Honorary Director of Shanghai Observatory, Academician - YE Shuhua
      Shanghai City Government - (Vice Mayor WU Qing)

      Convener: Dr Joseph McMullin (SKA Organisation)
    • 11:30 12:15
      System Design Baseline: System Design Baseline - Summary of PEP Grand Ballroom

      Grand Ballroom

      Summary of PEP - Joe McMullin
      System Engineering Approach - Marco Caiazzo

      Convener: Joseph McMullin (SKA Organisation)
    • 12:15 12:30
      System Design Baseline: System Engineering Approach Grand Ballroom

      Grand Ballroom

      Summary of PEP - Joe McMullin
      System Engineering Approach - Marco Caiazzo

      Convener: Marco Caiazzo (SKAO)
    • 12:30 13:30
      Lunch 1h 1st Floor Restaurant, Chicago, Japanese Restaurant (5F)

      1st Floor Restaurant, Chicago, Japanese Restaurant (5F)

    • 13:30 14:00
      System Design Baseline: DBD Overview Grand Ballroom

      Grand Ballroom

      Summary of PEP - Joe McMullin
      System Engineering Approach - Marco Caiazzo

      Convener: Luca Stringhetti (SKA Organisation)
    • 14:00 14:30
      System Design Baseline: LOW specific Design Grand Ballroom

      Grand Ballroom

      Summary of PEP - Joe McMullin
      System Engineering Approach - Marco Caiazzo

      Convener: Maria Grazia Labate (SKA Organisation)
    • 14:30 15:00
      System Design Baseline: MID specific Design Grand Ballroom

      Grand Ballroom

      Summary of PEP - Joe McMullin
      System Engineering Approach - Marco Caiazzo

      Convener: Gerhard Swart (SKAO)
    • 15:00 15:30
      Coffee 30m Foyer

      Foyer

    • 15:30 16:30
      System Design Baseline: M&C, SDP, PSS, PST Grand Ballroom

      Grand Ballroom

      Summary of PEP - Joe McMullin
      System Engineering Approach - Marco Caiazzo

      Convener: Nicholas Rees (SKA Organisation)
    • 16:30 17:00
      System Design Baseline: AIV and Prototypes Grand Ballroom

      Grand Ballroom

      Summary of PEP - Joe McMullin
      System Engineering Approach - Marco Caiazzo

      Convener: Luca Stringhetti (SKA Organisation)
    • 09:00 09:30
      Science Warm Up: MWA Grand Ballroom

      Grand Ballroom

      Convener: Mia Walker (Curtin University)
    • 09:30 10:30
      System Design Baseline: Signal Chain performance Grand Ballroom

      Grand Ballroom

      Summary of PEP - Joe McMullin
      System Engineering Approach - Marco Caiazzo

      Convener: Bassem Alachkar (University of Manchester)
    • 10:30 11:00
      System Design Baseline: Systemic errors and calibration Grand Ballroom

      Grand Ballroom

      Summary of PEP - Joe McMullin
      System Engineering Approach - Marco Caiazzo

      Convener: Robert Laing (Square Kilometre Array Organisation)
    • 11:00 11:30
      Coffee 30m Foyer

      Foyer

    • 11:30 11:45
      System Design Baseline: SAFE and SW status Grand Ballroom

      Grand Ballroom

      Summary of PEP - Joe McMullin
      System Engineering Approach - Marco Caiazzo

      Convener: Nicholas Rees (SKA Organisation)
    • 11:45 12:00
      System Design Baseline: Conclusions and way forward Grand Ballroom

      Grand Ballroom

      Summary of PEP - Joe McMullin
      System Engineering Approach - Marco Caiazzo

      Convener: Joseph McMullin (SKA Organisation)
    • 12:00 12:30
      MeerKAT Extension Grand Ballroom

      Grand Ballroom

      Convener: Gundolf Wieching (MPIfR)
    • 12:30 13:00
      SKA Regional Centres (session): SRCSC white paper Grand Ballroom

      Grand Ballroom

      Convener: Peter Quinn (ICRAR)
    • 13:00 14:00
      Lunch 1h 1st Floor Restaurant, Madrid Room, Chicago Room

      1st Floor Restaurant, Madrid Room, Chicago Room

    • 14:00 14:40
      Commissioning and Science Verification Grand Ballroom

      Grand Ballroom

      Convener: Robert Laing (Square Kilometre Array Organisation)
    • 14:40 15:00
      Commissioning and Science Verification: Planning the Verification of the SKA1 Telescopes Grand Ballroom

      Grand Ballroom

      Convener: Richard Perley (National Radio Astronomy Observatory)
    • 15:00 15:15
      Commissioning and Science Verification: VLBI as a commissioning tool Grand Ballroom

      Grand Ballroom

      Convener: Harro Verkouter (Joint Institute for VLBI - ERIC)
    • 15:15 15:30
      Commissioning and Science Verification: Tianlai -- Interferometer pathfinder array Grand Ballroom

      Grand Ballroom

      Convener: Dr Fengquan Wu (National Astronomical Observatories, Chinese Academy of Sciences)
    • 15:30 16:00
      Coffee 30m Foyer

      Foyer

    • 16:00 16:25
      Commissioning and Science Verification: ASKAP Grand Ballroom

      Grand Ballroom

      Convener: Aidan Hotan (CSIRO)
    • 16:25 16:50
      Commissioning and Science Verification: MeerKAT Grand Ballroom

      Grand Ballroom

      Conveners: adriaan peens-hough (ska south africa), Richard Lord (SKA SA)
    • 16:50 17:15
      Commissioning and Science Verification: Commissioning the Very Large Array and the Jansky Very Large Array Grand Ballroom

      Grand Ballroom

      Convener: Richard Perley (National Radio Astronomy Observatory)
    • 17:15 17:35
      Commissioning and Science Verification: Experiences from Commissioning the Murchison Widefield Array Digital Receivers Grand Ballroom

      Grand Ballroom

      Convener: Prabu Thiagaraj (RRI)
    • 09:00 09:30
      Science Warm Up: MeerKAT Grand Ballroom

      Grand Ballroom

      Convener: Justin Jonas (Rhodes University)
    • 09:30 09:50
      Operations: SKA Operations Plan Grand Ballroom

      Grand Ballroom

      Convener: Antonio Chrysostomou (SKA)
    • 09:50 10:10
      Operations: SKA Logistics Modelling Grand Ballroom

      Grand Ballroom

      Convener: Mr Andreas van Zyl (SKA Organisation)
    • 10:10 10:30
      Operations: The Low Frequency Array (LOFAR): Operational Challenges and Lessons Learned Grand Ballroom

      Grand Ballroom

      Convener: Carole Jackson (ICRAR - Curtin University)
    • 10:30 11:00
      Operations: VLA Operations Grand Ballroom

      Grand Ballroom

      Convener: Dr Peggy Perley (NRAO)
    • 11:00 11:30
      Coffee 30m Foyer

      Foyer

    • 11:30 11:50
      Operations: Controls to Manage Radio Frequency Interference in a Radio Astronomy Environment Grand Ballroom

      Grand Ballroom

      Convener: Abraham Johannes Otto (SKA-SA)
    • 11:50 12:10
      Operations: SKA-VLBI capacity and technique Grand Ballroom

      Grand Ballroom

      Convener: Mrs Cristina Garcia Miro (SKAO)
    • 12:10 12:30
      Operations: MeerKAT engineering update and lessons from integration Grand Ballroom

      Grand Ballroom

      Convener: Thomas Abbott (SKA SA)
    • 12:30 13:30
      Lunch 1h 1st Floor Restaurant, Madrid Room, Chicago Room

      1st Floor Restaurant, Madrid Room, Chicago Room

    • 13:30 13:50
      Operations: MWA Operations Grand Ballroom

      Grand Ballroom

      Convener: Melanie Johnston-Hollitt (Peripety Scientific Ltd)
    • 13:50 14:10
      Operations: Traceability equals more up time - speeding up problem solving Grand Ballroom

      Grand Ballroom

      Convener: Rupert Spann (SARAO)
    • 14:10 14:30
      Operations: Distributed Radio Interferometric Calibration using SAGECal Grand Ballroom

      Grand Ballroom

      Convener: Faruk Diblen (Netherlands eScience Center)
    • 14:30 15:00
      Operations: Science Operations for the VLA & VLBA; Application to SKA Grand Ballroom

      Grand Ballroom

      Convener: Bryan Butler (NRAO)
    • 15:00 15:30
      Coffee 30m Foyer

      Foyer

    • 15:30 15:50
      Operations: A day in the life of MeerKAT Operations Grand Ballroom

      Grand Ballroom

      Convener: Lindsay Magnus (SKA SA)
    • 15:50 16:10
      Operations: HI Intensity mapping with MeerKAT and 1/f noise analysis Grand Ballroom

      Grand Ballroom

      Convener: Yi-Chao Li (UWC)
    • 16:10 16:30
      Operations: The "feed indexer": lesson learnt and facilities for testing and commissioning Grand Ballroom

      Grand Ballroom

      Convener: Renato Aurigemma (SAM-Società Aerospaziale Mediterranea)
    • 16:30 16:50
      Operations: The Measurements and Calibrations for Radio Telescope Grand Ballroom

      Grand Ballroom

      Convener: Jinqing Wang
    • 09:00 09:30
      Science Warm Up: ASKAP Grand Ballroom 2

      Grand Ballroom 2

      Convener: Aidan Hotan (CSIRO)
    • 09:00 11:00
      Splinter Sessions: AIP/SODP Grand Ballroom 1

      Grand Ballroom 1

      Convener: Carole Jackson (ASTRON)
      • 09:00
        Showcasing what has been done… 30m
        Speaker: Carole Jackson (ASTRON)
      • 09:30
        WBSPF/ASPFR Update 30m
        Speaker: Gary Hovey (National Research Council)
      • 10:00
        PAF Update 30m
        Speaker: Steve Barker (CSIRO)
      • 10:30
        MFAA Update 30m
        Speaker: Kristian Zarb Adami (University of Oxford)
    • 09:30 11:00
      Splinter Sessions: Operations Workshop Grand Ballroom 2

      Grand Ballroom 2

      Convener: Lewis Ball (SKA)
    • 11:00 11:30
      Coffee 30m Foyer

      Foyer

    • 11:30 13:00
      Operations: Splinter Sessions: Operations Workshop Grand Ballroom 2

      Grand Ballroom 2

      Convener: Lewis Ball (SKA)
    • 11:30 13:00
      Splinter Sessions: AIP/SODP Grand Ballroom 1

      Grand Ballroom 1

      Convener: Carole Jackson (ASTRON)
      • 11:30
        Framing the SODP 15m
        Speaker: Philip Diamond (SKA Organisation)
      • 11:45
        Accommodating science beyond the SKA1 design 15m
        Speaker: Robert Braun (SKA Organisation)
      • 12:00
        Panel Discussion 1h

        How to plan for worst case funding profile
        How technology for new science is to be introduced
        Co-ordinating with national funding agencies
        SODP Management regime
        IP ownership
        Perspective of current AIP activities

        Speakers: Carole Jackson (ASTRON), Gary Hovey (National Research Council), Mark Bowen (CSIRO), Steve Barker (CSIRO)
    • 13:00 14:00
      Lunch 1h 1st Floor Restaurant, 5F Japanese Restaurant

      1st Floor Restaurant, 5F Japanese Restaurant

    • 13:45 16:00
      SKA Regional Centres (session): Splinter Session - SRC Chicago

      Chicago

      Convener: Rosie Bolton (SKAO)
      • 13:45
        Australian SRC Design Study Program 19m

        I will provide an overview of the Australian SRC Design Study Program. The program funded by the Australian Government and CSIRO brings together the key partners - CSIRO, ICRAR and Pawsey. In the upcoming 3 years the program will focus on assisting several pilot SKA precursor science projects (ASKAP and MWA) with their software, compute and data needs, as well as working on the SRC system prototyping as part of regional and international collaborative SRC effort.

        Speaker: Slava Kitaeff (UWA-CSIRO)
      • 14:04
        SRC Data Storage Pilot 19m

        Provisioning long-term storage capacity will be a core function of SKA regional centres (SRCs). Commercial Cloud storage accumulates significant costs over time and typical HPC processing scenarios require moving the data products elsewhere for preservation. The same applies to the storage of large test and simulation data sets, which is of immediate interest prior to SKA construction. Later, during the operational phase, Observatory Data Products (ODPs) and derived Advanced Data Products (ADPs) will be made available through SRCs only.

        The new compute cluster and storage pilot at SHAO provides an opportunity to work with a prospective SRC facility already during the SKA design phase. We will report on an example workflow implemented by ICRAR and originally deployed on the currently most powerful supercomputer Summit at ORNL. It is now redeployed at SHAO for more general use and features a large-scale imaging pipeline, starting from the generation of simulated visibilities all the way to the analysis of an image cube.

        Speaker: Markus Dolensky (ICRAR)
      • 14:23
        Scientific reproducibility in the Spanish SKA Regional Centre prototype 19m

        The SKA Regional Centres (SRCs) will be at the core of the exploitation of SKA data, being the place where the science will be done and hence should constitute a collaborative framework where researchers can share their experiments. At the IAA-CSIC we are leading the Spanish effort to host an SRC. We are developing a prototype with a special focus on addressing the challenge of handling SKA data to extract scientific knowledge in a reproducible way (i.e. following the Scientific Method). Currently, the Open Science initiative is encouraging the development of new solutions to enhance knowledge sharing and collaboration as well as to ensure transparency, as basic factors to achieve scientific reproducibility. Our objective is therefore that Big Data science becomes Open Science in the SRCs. In this talk, we will present the activities that we have carried out so far to develop the IAA-CSIC SRC prototype fully aligned with the Open Science Principles.

        Speaker: Susana Sánchez Expósito (IAA-CSIC)
      • 14:42
        China SKA Regional Centre Prototyping 19m

        The Square Kilometre Array (SKA) is the largest radio telescope to be built by astronomers. The key factor that promotes the SKA to achieve milestones in science frontier research is the capability of properly processing the SKA data and converting the data to scientific products. SKA Observatory (SKAO) will only produces pre-calibrated data which are not science-ready for publication. Instead, in-depth data analysis and astronomical software development will be performed in a number of geographically distributed SKA Regional Centres (SRCs) which also provide long-term data archive storage, computing resource and technique support for the SKA users. As the starting of the SKA Phase I (SKA1) is approaching, the focus of SRCs is in a transition from design to implementation. The SRC prototyping includes construction of multiple proto-SRCs, understanding the data challenge, resource estimate with inputs from the science user forum. China SKA Regional Centre (CSRC) is one of the important components of the global SRC network, and also one of the prominent contribution from the China SKA team. Chinese scientists are actively involved in the software development and analysis of the SKA pathfinder data which are crucial for operating CSRC in an efficient manner. CSRC will also be expanded its capacity to serve East Asia regional users, and gradually develops into one of the major SRCs in the world, making profound contribution to the entire SKA community. Shanghai Astronomical Observatory is leading the preparation of the CSRC prototyping work. A CSRC prototype has been built under the financial support from the Ministry of Science and Technology of China and the Chinese Academy of Sciences. Shanghai municipality expresses her strong desire to host the China SKA Regional Centre. CSRC will be an integrated organisation of domestic and international resource, including the participation of the astronomer community in SKA science and technique, computing and data storage resource in industries, educational resource in universities. In this talk, I will present the progress and plan of China SKA Regional Centre.

        Speaker: Prof. Tao An (Shanghai Astronomical Observatory)
      • 15:01
        CADC, CANFAR and a Canadian SRC 19m

        This talk will present the CADC's current activities related to the development of science platform infrastructure, open software and data sharing standards in astronomy (image cutouts, VO services, interactive work sessions, batch processing, data models, user database services, etc.). These activities are directly influenced by and in support of our participation in the CIRADA project and are informing our understanding of what an SKA Regional Centre should look like. It will also present Canada's current expectations around how an SKA Regional Centre fits into the broader picture of data science in Canadian astronomy.

        Speaker: Séverin Gaudet (National Research Council Canada)
      • 15:20
        Compute & Storage requirements for SKA Regional Centres 19m

        The Horizon 2020 AENEAS project was formed to develop a science-driven functional design for a distributed federated European SKA Regional Centre. Here I will present some of the technical assessment work from the AENEAS project sizing the compute and storage requirements for the European SRC. This exercise used a ground-up approach to determine the volume of both primary and secondary data products that would need to be archived by an SRC, as well as the processing load incurred by the high priority science objectives of the SKA project.

        Speaker: Prof. Anna Scaife (University of Manchester)
      • 15:39
        Plans and Progress towards an Indian SRC 19m

        India is one of the countries that will potentially host an SKA regional centre . In preparation to hosting a full fledged SRC, we have proposed to develop a prototype SRC during 2019-2023. This prototype will contain sufficient storage and compute to meet the requirements of processing data from the uGMRT, an SKA pathfinder telescope. I will describe ongoing efforts at developing an end to end continuum processing pipeline for archival GMRT data obtained with two different backends. I will describe our choices for the software stack and our efforts at automatic all aspects of the data processing.

        Speaker: Prof. Yogesh Wadadekar (NCRA)
    • 14:00 16:00
      Aspects of Procurement Grand Ballroom 2

      Grand Ballroom 2

      Conveners: Andrea Casson (SKA Organisation), Tim Stevenson (SKA Office)
      • 14:00
        Procurement in the SKA - Background 30m
        Speaker: Tim Stevenson (SKA Office)
      • 14:30
        Contract structure and WBS 20m
        Speaker: Andrea Casson (SKA Organisation)
      • 14:50
        Schedule 15m
        Speaker: Qiqi Liu
      • 15:05
        Q&A 25m
    • 14:00 16:00
      Splinter Sessions: AIP/SODP Grand Ballroom 1

      Grand Ballroom 1

      Convener: Carole Jackson (ASTRON)
      • 14:00
        Bluering 15m
        Speaker: Grant Hampson (CSIRO)
      • 14:15
        Design of Extremely Low Noise Amplifier with GaAs HEMTs for SKA Band 2 Receiver 15m
        Speaker: Frank Jiang (NRC-Herzberg)
      • 14:30
        VLBI with White Rabbit Time and Frequency Distribution 15m
        Speaker: Paul Boven (JIVE)
      • 14:45
        Integrated dissemination system of frequency, time and data for radio astronomy 15m
        Speaker: Bo Wang (Tsinghua university)
      • 15:00
        Aperture Array Integrated Receiver 20m
        Speaker: Sangitiana RAKOTOZAFY HARISON (Observatoire de Paris / Station de Radiastronomie de Nançay)
      • 15:20
        Some Viewpoints of Reliability and Security Challenges of SDHP 20m
        Speaker: Yuan Luo (Shanghai Jiao Tong University, China)
      • 15:40
        Experience Learned from Initial Scale-Out Prototyping Efforts 20m
        Speaker: Yongxin Zhu (Chinese Academy of Sciences/Shanghai Jiao Tong University)
    • 14:00 16:00
      Splinter Sessions: China Staff Briefing Madrid

      Madrid

      Convener: Qiming Wang (SKA Organisation)
    • 16:00 16:30
      Coffee 30m
    • 16:30 17:00
      Splinter Sessions: AIP/SODP Grand Ballroom 1

      Grand Ballroom 1

      Convener: Carole Jackson (ASTRON)
    • 16:30 17:00
      Summing up and Conclusion Grand Ballroom 2

      Grand Ballroom 2

      Convener: Philip Diamond (SKA Organisation)
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