materials presented (PPTX 4.1MB) - the Australia and New Zealand

Square Kilometre Array (SKA) Project
Briefing for Industry
& Science Organisations
Tuesday 14th August
Chairman’s welcome
John Houlker, NZTE
SKA project update (Jonathan Kings, MBIE)
PEP work packages (Michelle Storey, CSIRO)
Australian PEP funding (David Luchetti, DIISRTE)
NZ perspective (Howard Markland - MBIE)
Engagement opportunities (Melanie Johnston-Hollitt – VUW)
Question & answer session
09:00 – 12:00
Organisations Involved
SKA project update
Jonathan Kings, MBIE
NZ Project Director
SKA project status
9 SKA Organisation members (New Zealand, Australia, S.
Africa, United Kingdom, Netherlands, Italy, China, Canada, Sweden)
Bid evaluation process
Dual-Site Solution
• Shared infrastructure
– Australia gets low-frequency aperture array &
survey telescope (extended ASKAP)
– S. Africa gets mid-frequency infrastructure
• Best available outcome for A-NZ bid
• Effectively a 50:50 split for Phase I (by value)
• No plan for infrastructure in New Zealand
Project Timeline & Phases
Current Activity
Pre-construction Phase underway
Detailed planning & engineering design
€90 million budget
Led by SKA Project Office (Manchester)
Funded by participating consortia
SKA Project Office
• Project Execution Plan (PEP)
• Work Breakdown Structure (WBS)
• Developing policies
– industry engagement
– procurement
– intellectual property
PEP work packages
Michelle Storey, CSIRO
SKA Pre-construction
Workpackage structure
SKA pre-construction briefings
6-14 August 2012
Structure of pre-construction work
• Work Breakdown Structure (WBS) being developed by SKA
Office with substantial input from the international community.
• Draft released to research partners May 2012.
• SKA Office now working on a new version of the WBS, to
incorporate results of the site selection
• Possible that workpackages will stay the same, though their
internal structure might be different
• Stage 1 to take system to system requirements review
• WBS for Stage 2 will be developed during/after Stage 1
• Stage 2 to reach construction-ready contracts
Workpackages led by the SKA Office
• Five workpackages led by the SKA Office
– Science
– Project Management
– System engineering to System Requirements Review
– Power
– Site and infrastructure
• There may be some direct contracts available
• Integrated Task Teams will be established for crosscutting areas
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Consortia-led workpackages
Low Frequency Aperture Array (LFAA)
Signal and Data Transport (SaDT)
Central Signal Processor (CSP)
Science Data Processor (SDP)
Telescope Manager (TM)
Synchronisation and Timing (SaT)
Site and Infrastructure
Mid Frequency Aperture Array (MFAA)
Phased Array Feed (PAF)
Wide Band Single Pixel Feed (WBSPF)
 Note that Site and Infrastructure and Power may be led by the SKA Office
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(including Phased Array Feed and
Wide Band Single Pixel Feed)
Dish Array – Scope
The work package (preconstruction) covers all of the tasks necessary to plan for the
development, construction, delivery and operation of the Dish Arrays for SKA1 on both
SKA sites (SA and AUS), including.
• Structure - Pedestal, reflector, mount, …
• Performance Verification/Qualification
• Operations - Support, maintenance, logistics
Octave Band Single Pixel Feed (OBSPF)
• Feed – Cryostat, Low Noise Amplifiers, …
• Receiver - Amplification, signal transport, digitisation, …
Elements of the Advanced Instrumentation Program (AIP)
• Phased Array Feed (PAF) – Feed, receiver and signal processing
• Wide Band Single Pixel Feed (WBSPF) – Feed, receiver and signal
Stage 1 work to input to systems requirements review
Dish Array – Possible Consortium partners
Consortium Management
Phased Array Feed (PAF) and associated dish optics
Receivers – Single pixel and PAF
South Africa
System Engineering
Single Pixel Feeds (SPF)
Dish – Optics, mechanical
Phased Array Feed (PAF)
Receivers – PAF
Dish – Composite reflectors
Dish – Optics, mechanical design
Wide Band Single Pixel receivers (WBSPF)
Wide Band Single Pixel receivers (WBSPF)
Low-frequency Aperture Arrays
SKA1_Low deliverables and potential partners
Covers development requirements and design of SKA1-low at Australian site
70 -<= 450 MHz located entirely in Australia
All-electronic telescope
No moving parts. Functionality defined by ICT capability (investment)
Stage 1 PEP involves:
• Development and verification work in lead-up to System Requirements Review
• Performance and cost trade-offs via advanced system modelling
• Strong interactions with pathfinder (LOFAR, ...) and precursor (MWA) telescopes
• Science input to SKA System Engineering process
• Planning of Stage 2
Consortium is likely to be led by ASTRON, NL
• Current partners include ICRAR, INAF, UK (Camb, Oxf, Man) + 5 others
(Australian Inputs coordinated via ICRAR)
Science Data Processor
Science Data Processor WP
SDP responsible for turning output of beamformers and correlators
into final science products i.e. images, cubes, catalogs
• Highly dependent on Concept of Operations
• Very tightly coupled to Telescope Manager
• Vast data flow
• High Performance Computing vital (10s Petaflops to 10s Exaflops)
• Power consumption for HPC Algorithms for calibrating and imaging not yet
sufficiently scalable
Three different telescope designs, two different sites, globally data
distribution to regional centers and end-users.
High risk work package
• Coupling to Telescope Manager
• Scales of data, processing, complexity very high
SDP consortium
Most likely consortium is led by U Cambridge, UK
• Australia: CSIRO, ICRAR, U Melbourne
• Others
South Africa: SKA team
UK: UCambridge, OERC, STFC (Daresbury), UManchester
Netherlands: ASTRON (Dome project, IBM)
Spain: IAA
Canada: CADC/cyberSKA
Germany: MPIfR
• Discussions with industry partners: IBM, Intel, CISCO
Consortium policy under review
• Good coverage of required capabilities
• Some weakness on operational aspects of large scale facilities
We acknowledge the Wajarri Yamatji people as
the traditional owners of the Observatory site.
Thank you
CSIRO Astronomy and Space Science
Australian PEP Funding
David Luchetti (DIISRTE, Australia)
Pre-construction - business plan
• PEP business plan draw on various resources
• SKA Office to lead several work-packages - funded
through a central fund
• Other work-packages to be allocated to consortia partly funded by member governments directly
• Likely consortia already forming – significant global
• Opportunities for new entrants
– Linking to existing consortia a good option
Pre-construction Phase Relevance
• Conventional contracting likely to be limited
• R&D partnership the main opportunity
• SKA may be a watching brief for some - with specific
contracting opportunities several years away
• R&D partnership – why?:
– Positioning for downstream supply opportunities
– Building expertise/capability
– Reputational benefits
Co-Investment Funding - Objectives
Support the SKA project
Support take up of Australian IP & expertise
Co-investment (not fully-funded participation)
In-kind co-investment OK
Co-Investment Funding – Program Structure
• Components for Major & Minor consortia partners
• Major partner component focussed on high priority
• DIISRTE will ‘pre-qualify’ organisations for SKA RfP
• Winners funded directly by DIISRTE – accountable for
their contribution to a work-package
• Co-investment funds to leverage partnering
Co-investment Funding– Partnering facilitation
• Consortia struggling to use earlier EoI
• Strategic, targeted EoI process to cut through
to consortia lead organisations
Co-investment Funding – Funds distribution
STAGE ONE – 2012-2013
STAGE TWO – 2014-2016
Major participant:15% of funding
Major participant: 60% of funding
Minor participant: 5% of funding
Minor participant: 20% of funding
Number of Grants (Approx.)
Number of Grants (Approx.)
Major participant: 2-3 grants
Major participant: 2-3 grants
Minor participant: 8-12 grants
Minor participant: 8-12 grants
Value of Grants (Approx.)
Value of Grants (Approx.)
Major participant: $0.5-1 million
Major Participant: $3-7 million
Minor participant: $100K
Minor participant: $250K to $500K
NZ Perspective
Howard Markland - MBIE
• New Zealand’s pledge:
– NZ$1.6 million (~10% of Australia’s commitment)
– dedicated to the 3-year Pre-construction Phase
– in-kind contribution
• Purpose of funding is to support:
– the SKA project
– capability & participation of NZ science & industry
– A-NZ reputation
Allocation Process
• Under Development
– mechanism, criteria, responsibilities etc.
– will not be inconsistent with the Australian model
(see ‘Minor Participant’ category)
• Process will be:
appropriate for the funding available
transparent, inclusive & defensible
subject to technical peer review
consistent with ANZSCC objectives
Requirements for Applicants
• Basic requirements:
– relevant & internationally acknowledged capability
– sufficient resource to ‘deliver’
– able to meet co-funding obligations ($ or in kind)
• Engagement process:
link to an established consortium
satisfy pre-qualification requirements
monitor opportunities
apply for funding
New Zealand Science &
Industry Opportunities
John Houlker (NZ Trade & Enterprise)
Science & Industry
Goal to secure opportunities for New Zealand science and
industry to participate and build capability in the
development of the leading-edge technology the SKA
• Help build New Zealand science and industry
collaboration (initial step SDP-NZ)
• Access to networks of high-technology research
and development groups
• Leverage SKA Industry Cluster connections
• Capability building and investment prospects
Science & Industry
• Connection opportunities with major hightechnology Multi-National Corporations
– MNCs seeking to be “Primes” and lead technology
– Build IP relationships, paths to market, capability &
maturity in engagement with MNCs.
• Pilot project technology development and testing
NZ Engagement
Melanie Johnston-Hollitt – VUW
NZ involvement in
Murchison Wide Field
Array (full partner VUW lead institution)
ASKAP surveys (VUW,
NZ involvment in
• Placeholder group ‘NZ-SDP’ joined Cambridge-led
consortium for the SDP WP:
– Administrative lead – John Houler, Science and Industry
leads Melanie Johnston-Hollitt, Dougal Watt
– Gave likley initial interest to Cambridge
– Consulted community, requested EoI’s from community
– Auckland, AUT + Massey + Otago, VUW + IRL + IBM
– National EoI to be submitted to Cambridge / ANZSCC
– Pre-qualification/ peer review step required for funding
• MBIE to clarify process from here
• No funding support at present, limited funding
support going forward.
NZ involvment in
• Immediate next steps ‘NZ-SDP’ national EoI to be
finalised – still chance to get involved.
– Current submissions were around cloud computing, data
pipeline and algorithm development.
– Strong interest to use MWA involvement at platform for SDP
verification (real time imaging and calibration, pipelines,
algorithms), hybrid correlators and low frequency science.
• Lots of moving parts:
changing work-packages
evolving work-package consortia
SDP-NZ interest in Cambridge University consortium
A-NZ collaboration arrangement
A & NZ pre-qualification & funding arrangements
SKA Organisation policies
MED & MSI amalgamation (MBIE)………….etc.
• There will be opportunities for NZ engagement
• Limited funding support
• No free lunch
Stay engaged to follow developments
Key Contacts
NZ SKA Research & Development Consortium
Melanie Johnston-Hollitt (Victoria University of Wellington)
Tel: +64 4 463 6543 Email: [email protected]
Dr Carole Jackson
Tel: +61 2 9372 4407
NZ SKA Industry Consortium
John Houlker (NZ Trade & Enterprise)
Tel: +64 4 816 8216
Email: [email protected]
Australasian SKA Industry Consortium
John Humphreys
Tel: +61 7 5474 5164
Email: [email protected]
Email: [email protected]
Ministry of Business, Innovation & Employment
Howard Markland
Tel: 64 4 474 2981
Email: Howard.Markland
Department of Industry, Innovation, Science, Research & Technology
Mike Bryson
Tel: +61 2 6276 1120
Email: [email protected]
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