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Coordinators report. First SKADS Workshop Paris 04 September 2006. Arnold van Ardenne SKADS Coordinator SKADS Project Office A STRON, P.O. Box 2, 7990 AA Dwingeloo The Netherlands (info@skads-eu.org) www.skads-eu.org. Coordinators report. SKADS Square Kilometre Array Design Study

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coordinators report

Coordinators report

First SKADS Workshop

Paris

04 September 2006

Arnold van Ardenne

SKADS Coordinator

SKADS Project Office

ASTRON, P.O. Box 2, 7990 AA Dwingeloo

The Netherlands (info@skads-eu.org)

www.skads-eu.org

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Coordinators report

SKADS

Square Kilometre Array

Design Study

implemented as

Specific Support Action

A Cohering Program toward mid-2009

With 29 partners from 8 EU countries plus S.A.,Canada and Australia and collaborations to US and China

Emphasizing Phased Arrays for Radio Astronomy in the next decade

“Nothing is so firmly believed as that we least know”

Michele Montaingne (1533-1592)/cited IAUXXVIIthJournal

skads main objectives
SKADS Main Objectives
  • Total funding 38M€ program
  • EC funding 10.44 M€
  • Industry involved from the start

to

    • Demonstrate SKA Scientific Viability and Readiness
    • Demonstrate cost-effective Engineering Solutions and Technological Readiness
    • Deliver a costed SKA Design
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Science and the Aperture Synthesis instrument for Radio Astronomy

Baseline longer Resolution increased

(VLBI: ~milliarcsec.)

Baseline

# stations higher Improved calibration &

imaging

Station 1

2

N

Configuration Resolution, imaging,

brightness sensitivity etc.

Larger collecting area Increased sensitivity

(In R.A. expressed as Aeff/Tsys )

Correlation

  • Other aspects:
  • Frequency bandwidth (span, instant.)
  • Dynamic range (in image map)
  • RFI
  • Configuration, Site
  • Steaming Data, Computing power, Archiving
  • Network performance etc.
  • Many inderdependencies!

Imaging

image

design studies 1 to8

Design Studies 1 to8

  • Work has Clear objectives, Milestones and Deliverables to provide outcomes in measurable and verifiable form.
  • DS1: Overall coordination and management.
  • DS2-6: Activity Cores, sub-divided into 21 coherent Design Study Tasks (DSx-Ty)
  • DS 7-8: “Synthesizing” the results from DS2-6
  • Structure optimized to continuously map the scientific requirements on the technical specifications to produce a common design goal
skads scope the entire ska system

SKADS Foci:

  • Blue = Technical R&D work
  • Yellow= Assessment Studies
    • Lightest Yellow= Least emphasized

Signal intensive

Receiving and Collector

Concept,

Station-level Signal

Conditioning

and Processing Architecture

Control

and

monitor

software

Wide Area Data transport

Network

Data

intensive

Distribution,

Archiving

and

Use by astronomer

Central Processing

Data reduction

and Imaging

Computing intensive Storage intensive

SKADS scope: the entire SKA system
skads based on phased arrays
SKADS: Based on phased arrays

Aperture Arrays

“electronic fish-eye lens”

Focal Plane Arrays

“radio cameras”

Multiple f-o-v philosophy for flexibility and surveys

skads governing structure
SKADS Governing Structure

Participants

Radionet

ISPO

Others

SKADS Board

SKADS Coordination Committee

SKADS MT

Coordinator

Project Office

Project Scientist

Project Manager

Project Engineer

SAG

DS leaders

Part. >2.5%

1 repres.(others)

skads first year
SKADS First Year
  • SKADS Proposal to EC endorsed by ESKAC and Radionet 3 March 2004
  • Contract negotiations on basis DoW and CPF’s 1 April 2005
  • Project officially started 1 July 2005
  • Contract signed 18 Nov. 2005
  • Formal Kick-off in Chateau Limelette (Brussels) 17-18 November 2005
  • Advance payment received from the EC @ ASTRON 25 Jan. 2006
  • First Board meeting 26 Jan. 2006

Chair: Peter Wilkinson (UMAN), Vice-Chair: Franco Mantovani (INAF/IRA)

  • Project Scientist and Project Engineer in office 26 Jan. 2006
  • Draft Consortium Agreement for discussion 25 Jan. 2006
  • Project Manager in office 1 March 2006
  • Regular meetings:MT 1/wk telecon, 1x/qua, CC 1x/mo 1 April 2006
  • Preparations for Annual reporting started 1 May 2006
  • Second Board meeting, C.A ready for signing 26 June 06
  • Annual Report to EC 15 Aug.2006
  • 1 SKADS Workshop (Paris) 04 Sept. 2006
the program
The Program
  • SKADS Board
  • Peter Wilkinson, UMan Chair
  • Franco Montovani, INAF/IRA Vice-Chair
  • SKADS-MT
  • Arnold van Ardenne, ASTRON Coordinator
  • Andre van Es, ASTRON Project Manager
  • S. Torchinsky, Obs. de Paris Project Scientist
  • A. Faulkner, UMan Project Engineer
  • SKADS Project Office
  • Truus van den Brink Office Manager
  • Bastiaan van Holst Project Planner
  • Janneke Wubs, Arno Gregoor Financial Control
  • The Work
  • 8 DS leaders, 21 DS-T leaders (some the same), close to 60 people working on SKADS in the first year
achievements so far
Achievements so far
  • Implementation of PM tools
  • SKADS management complete
  • SKADS Project Office complete
  • All scientific and technical DS-activities started
  • Recruitment process started
  • First results dripping in, see Agenda
  • Improved connection to ISPO & SKA
  • Improved Science input through Science Advisory Group (“SAG”)
  • Clear reference for SKADS through “SKADS Benchmark as Reference Design”
agenda
Agenda

SKADS Workshop 2006 – 4 September 2006

  • 10.00 Welcome Daniel Egret
  • 10.05 Introduction Peter Wilkinson
  • 10.15 SKADS overview Arnold van Ardenne
  • 10.30 SKA Perspective Richard Schillizzi
  • 10.50 Engineering overview Andrew Faulkner
  • 11.05 Science Overview Steve Torchinsky
  • 11.30 Science and Astronomical Simulations DS2 Mike Garrett
  • Science Simulations DS2-T1 Steve Rawlings
  • Astronomical Data Simulations DS2-T2 Cormac Reynolds
  • 12.15 The Network and its Output Data DS3 Paul Alexander
  • Architecture & Network Simulator DS3-T3 Paul Alexander
  • Network infrastructure & Data Trans. DS3-T1 Simon Garrington
  • Data Handling, Control & Distributed Computing DS3-T2 Kjeld van der Schaaf
  • 13.00 Lunch
  • 14.00 Large EC projects Elena Righi-Steele
  • 14.20 Tech. Foundations & Enabling Technologies DS4 Andrew Faulkner
  • Front End technologies DS4-T1 Mo Missous
  • Digitisation & RFI mitigation DS4-T2 & 3 Pierre Colom
  • Wideband integrated antennas DS4-T4 Jan Geralt bij de Vaate
  • Beamforming techniques DS4-T5 Michael Jones
  • 15.20 EMBRACE DS5Parbhu Patel
  • Development of EMBRACE as a system DS5-T2 Dion Kant
  • 16.00 Coffee
  • 16.15 BEST DS6Stelio Montebugnoli
  • 16.45 Next 18 months André van Es
  • 17.00 Conclusion and Questions Arnold van Ardenne
  • 17.15 Close