The world's most powerful telescope - the new Square Kilometre Array (SKA) - is likely to need the world's biggest computer to handle the incredible amount of data it will produce - and the International Centre for Radio Astronomy Research (ICRAR) is working out how to do it without breaking the bank.
ICRAR - a joint venture between Curtin University and The University of Western Australia - is working with the Canadian Astronomical Data Centre (CADC) to cost a new computer system to handle everything the SKA needs for the best price.
The $2 billion SKA project will generate one exabyte - more than 15 million iPods - of raw data a day which would cost hundreds of millions of dollars to store using currently available technology.
The result of the Australian and New Zealand bid to host the SKA - in competition with a group of southern African countries - is expected in April.
SKA construction is due to start in 2016.
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