Plans for building a prototype SKA regional centre in India

Yogesh Wadadekar, Dipankar Bhattacharya, Abhirup Datta, Surajit Paul, Divya Oberoi

Submitted on 21 September 2022


In order to deliver the full science potential of the Square Kilometer Array (SKA) telescope, several SKA Regional Centres (SRCs) will be required to be constructed in different SKA member countries around the world. These SRCs will provide high performance compute and storage for the generation of advanced science data products from the basic data streams generated by the SKA Science Data Handling and Processing system, critically necessary to the success of the key science projects to be carried out by the SKA user community. They will also provide support to astronomers to enable them to carry out analysis on very large SKA datasets. Construction of such large data centres is a technical challenge for all SKA member nations. In such a situation, each country plans to construct a smaller SRC over the next few years (2022 onwards), known as a proto-SRC. In India, we propose to construct a proto-SRC which will be used for the analysis of data from SKA pathfinders and precursors with strong Indian involvement such as uGMRT, Meerkat and MWA. We describe our thinking on some aspects of the the storage, compute and network of the proto-SRC and how it will be used for data analysis as well as for carrying out various simulations related to SKA key science projects led by Indian astronomers. We also present our thoughts on how the proto-SRC plans to evaluate emerging hardware and software technologies and to also begin software development in areas of relevance to SKA data processing and analysis such as algorithm implementation, pipeline development and data visualisation software.


Comment: 7 pages, 2 figures, accepted for publication for the special issue on "Indian participation in the SKA" in the Journal of Astrophysics and Astronomy (JoAA)

Subject: Astrophysics - Instrumentation and Methods for Astrophysics