Western Australia at the forefront of Big Data

Western Australia will co-host the international Square Kilometre Array (SKA) Project. One of the largest scientific endeavours in history, the global science and engineering project will build the world’s largest radio telescope.

The State government has invested money into building radio astronomy research capacity, capability and infrastructure, including the establishment of the International Centre for Radio Astronomy Research (ICRAR).

When the SKA Project is fully operational, the amount of data expected to be collected every day may be ten times the current global internet traffic. New methods, skills and capabilities will be needed to understand the data.

Poised to prepare the State is the Pawsey Supercomputing Centre, housing Magnus, the most powerful supercomputer in the Southern Hemisphere. The Centre is used by a range of disciplines, including radio astronomy, medical research and the minerals and resources sector.