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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

SDP Architecture doc

The next significant milestone for the SDP Consortium is M19 on the 30th November. M19 is a lightweight review of the current state of the SDP software architecture and forms a checkpoint with the SKAO to present the current state of the architecture and progress towards Critical Design Review (CDR).

All relevant SDP SEI style views and other supporting documentation for functionally close blocks of architecture will be reviewed. The goal is to present the information in sufficient detail to facilitate immediate use by a knowledgeable audience member.

In preparation for this review, a Stakeholders Overview will take place. The required participants will include key members of the SDP architectural design team and knowledgeable stakeholders from SKAO. This review is to ensure that the high-level architecture documentation, for the purposes of providing an introductory, high-level explanation of the design, is sufficiently complete. In preparation for this overview, key members of the SDP Architecture design team recently selected a collection of views for review and this information has been distributed to the SKAO.

Comments and or suggestions made during the Stakeholder Overview and the official M19 review will guide further architectural priorities ahead of M20 (Element pre-CDR).

SKA SC17 keynote

Members of the SKA Organisation and SDP Consortium are in Denver this week attending the annual SuperCompuing conference. This year the conference keynote "Life, the Universe and Computing: The Story of the SKA Telescope" was given by the SKA Director General Phil Diamond, and the SKA Regional Centre Project Scientist Rosie Bolton.