The planned Square Kilometre Array (SKA) will be the world’s largest radio telescope. Drawing on the support of 11 countries, SKA will help scientists determine how the first stars were formed, if Einstein’s theory of relativity is correct, and if we are alone in the universe.

The SKA will be one of the largest global science projects ever undertaken and represents a massive data challenge.

A research team from the University of Calgary is creating the digital infrastructure needed to address the SKA’s data-intensive needs. The CyberSKA project will use Canada’s advanced fibre-optic networks to move the large data sets being analyzed by researchers.


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What is the SKA?

The Square Kilometre Array will include an array of thousands of receptors that extend out to distances of 3,000 km from a central core region. These groupings of radio telescopes will stretch across South Africa and Australia. Construction is scheduled to start in 2016.

What will CyberSKA provide?

  • A multi-site portal that allows users to access global SKA data and collaboration tools
  • A functioning data distribution prototype that interfaces with the CyberSKA portal
  • Advanced data visualization, analytics and processing capabilities that can be accessed via the portal
  • Technology that can potentially be used in industries such as biotechnology, resource management, energy, information technology and other sectors that require the ability to access, visualize and process massive data sets


Want to find out more? Contact Cybera’s project management team