The amount of computer data generated by the entire world in a whole year will need to be stored in a single day for the world's most powerful telescope - the Square Kilometre Array (SKA) - and the International Centre for Radio Astronomy Research (ICRAR) is gearing up to meet that unprecedented need.
ICRAR- a joint venture between Curtin University and The University of Western Australia - has signed an agreement with DataDirect Networks to develop the extraordinary new data storage capability.
ICRAR scientists say the $2 billion SKA will generate one exabyte of data - a billion terabytes (or one quintillion bytes) every day while it searches the sky with the power to detect airport radars in other solar systems 50 light years away.
Professor Peter Hall (Deputy Director responsible for Engirneering | ICRAR) (+61 4) 00 801 531
Professor Andreas Wicenec (Head of Computing | ICRAR (+61 4) 31 832 602
Kirsten Gottschalk (Media Contact | ICRAR) (+61 8) 6488 7771 / (+61 4) 38 361 876
Michael Sinclair-Jones (UWA Public Affairs) (+61 8) 6488 3229 / (+61 4) 00 700 783