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Archived SDP Design Documentation

This page is superseded by the newer material (SDP Design Documentation page).

This page contains links to the SDP's Preliminary Design Review documentation, in which our design was reviewed by the SKA Organisation and an external panel of experts. 

You can download the whole document pack as a zip file. Alternatively the key documents can also be downloaded individually from the bottom of this page.

A high-level view of the SDP system components can be seen below. This is decomposed much further in the High-Level architecture docment (first in the list below) and then the sub-components, interfaces, requirements and other considerations are developed in supporting documents. 

Recent news

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


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.