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SKA secures technology deal

Another milestone has been reached in the ambitious Square Kilometre Array project.

The SKA will now be focusing on the computer technologies for the project. Picture: EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - Another milestone has been reached in the ambitious Square Kilometre Array (SKA) project relating to the technology which will help scientists study the information collected from space.

The SKA will be the world's most powerful radio telescope located mostly in South Africa and built by numerous partner countries.

South Africa's National Research Foundation teamed up with IBM, Astron and the Netherlands Institute for Radio Astronomy to work on developing the technology behind the multi-billion rand project.

The SKA's General Manager of Science Computing and Innovation Jasper Horrell said, "This project is around the computing side to develop the various computer technologies, power consumption and algorithms.

"It will be a very big challenge for over the next 10 to 15 years."

One of the biggest hurdles will be processing the vast amount of data, storing it and translating it for interpretation by scientists.