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The SDP is a Consortium made up of astrophysicists, engineers and computer scientists mostly work for universities and research institutes.

Our Consortium is currently made up of the following full partners:

  • Canadian Astronomy Data Centre (CADC)
  • Canadian Universities Consortium
  • Centre for High Performance Computing (CHPC)
  • Chinese Universities Collaboration
  • Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO)
  • Forschungszentrum Jülich GmbH (JUELICH)
  • International Centre for Radio Astronomy Research (ICRAR)
  • Max-Planck-Institut fuer Radioastronomie (MPIfR)
  • Netherlands Institute for Radio Astronomy (ASTRON)
  • New Zealand Alliance (NZA)
  • Pawsey Supercomputing Centre
  • Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC)
  • SKA South Africa
  • University of Cambridge
  • University of Manchester
  • University of Oxford
  • Victoria University of Wellington

We also have the below institutes as associate partners:

  • Centro Nacional de Supercomputación - Barcelona Supercomputing Centre
  • Fundacion Centro de Supercomputacion de Castilla y Leon (FCSCL)
  • Instituto de Astrofisica de Andalucia (IAA-CSIC)
  • Institute of Space Science and Astronomy, University of Malta (ISSA)
  • Portuguese ENGAGE SKA Consortium

Some SDP partners have taken out contracts with companies to support the design work they are doing.

Recent news

After many years of effort, on 31st October 2018, the SDP Consortium submitted its design documentation for Critical Design Review (CDR).

SDP PRE-CDR OAR Status

Since the last eNews submission in April 2018, the SDP Consortium successfully submitted a documentation pack of roughly 30 documents for its Pre-CDR, M20, milestone to the SKAO. The documentation pack included key Systems Engineering documents, Interface Control Documents (ICDs) and an updated snapshot of the latest SDP Architecture views since the M19 submission and review in November 2017.

In late June, a two-step review process was undertaken between SDP Consortium representatives and the SKAO M20 review panel. The first step was a documentation review process where the objective was to understand and assess the suitability and risks associated with the SDP design before entering the CDR review process. The second step was a face to face meeting which first analysed the suitability of SDP software architecture to meet the needs of its stakeholders, conducted using the SEI ATAM (Architecture Trade-Off Analysis Method) process and based on scenarios generated previously and then discussed observations made against the documentation pack in the first step.