Mid Year Mini Computing for SKA Colloquium 2019

You are warmly invited to attend our 5th annual MYM C4SKA Colloquium – a half day event where NZ SKA Alliance experts will present on progress with the science and computing challenges associated with the Square Kilometre Array project.

Date: Wednesday 10 July 2019

Time: 1.00 pm to 5.00 pm (coffee/tea at reception and a light afternoon tea will be provided)

Venue: WG404, Sir Paul Reeves Building, AUT City Campus (Campus Map) Registration of attendance: click this registration form

This event focuses on the science and computing challenges presented by the Square Kilometre Array (SKA), globally one of the 21st century’s biggest and most ambitious Astronomy projects. The project has recently completed the Pre-Construction Design Phase and is currently in the transition towards Construction. The NZA team participates in 2 work areas, namely the Central Signal Processors (CSP) and Science Data Processors (SDP). CSP solutions will be based on Field Programmable Gate Array (FPGA) technologies and SDP solutions will be based on Commercial Off-the-Shelf PC technologies. NZ is involved in hardware, software, and co-design. Open standards and open source are emphasised.

This event is designed to engage the public to understand the NZA team’s involvement in the project and to see the benefits for future scientific discoveries. Presentations will be given at an overview level without involving too many technical term abbreviations. Constructive discussions would be most welcome.


Registration is free of charge, but pre-registration is strictly necessary for seating and catering purposes.

Registration Link


  1. Sergei Gulyaev, AUT IRASR Director, Professor
    An overview of modern radio astronomy
    1:20pm – 1:50pm
  2. Andrew Ensor, AUT HPC & NZA Director, Associate Professor
    Bridging Science Data Processing design activities towards SKA Construction (NZAPP)
    1:50pm – 2:20pm
  3. William Kamp, AUT HPC, Senior Researcher
    Bridging Central Signal Processing design activities towards SKA construction (CIPA)
    2:20pm- 2:50pm
  4. Willem van Straten, AUT IRASR Associate Professor
    An update on pulsar-related science at MeerKAT
    3:20pm – 3:40pm
  5. Haomiao Wang and Krys Sherwin, University of Auckland PhD students
    Testing and evaluating implementations of the Pulsar Search pipeline
    3:40pm – 4:00pm
  6. Piers Harding, Catalyst Cloud, Senior Consultant
    How would Cloud Native help collaborations in SKA?
    4:00pm – 4:20pm
  7. Alec Henderson, University of Auckland, PhD student
    Finding exoplanets with gravitational microlensing and machine learning
    4:20pm – 4:40pm
  8. Q&A
    4:40pm – 5:00pm


For enquiries, please contact one of the event set up team:
TN Chan: tn@compucon.co.nz
Peter Baillie: peter.baillie@aut.ac.nz