SKA, world's largest radio telescope to have it's control systems from India.


The square kilometer array (SKA) organization which is an International initiative for building the world's largest radio telescope, on September 16, had announced to have passed all its final reviews paving way for its construction.


SKA is a company founded by 15 countries across the globe including India. It's control systems are said to be designed and built by an Indian IT multinational firm - Tata consultancy services (TCS) and multiple other scientific institutions across country will be contributing to the project.


"In recent months a series of independent external panels have examined the detailed design, costing, future operations plan and business support functions of the SKA, to ensure its overall readiness to move from planning to construction", the SKA said.


TCS has claimed to have NCRA-TIFR, leading in the consortium in developing the telescope's central nervous system, in collaboration with their company and also consortium with global agencies.


"The scale of the SKA represents a huge leap forward in science, engineering, and technology. TCS has been collaborating with the National Centre for Radio Astrophysics on the SKA program since 2013. It is exciting to work with the global scientific community, on building the world's largest scientific facility". Said Regu Ayyaswamy, TCS global head.


SKA is a highly complex instrument made up of thousands of receivers that capture and process signals in different observational modes, churning out petabytes of data. It is said to be extremely challenging to achieve accuracy in large systems.


“We addressed these challenges in a two-fold manner: First, we developed a domain-specific language for specifying control systems logic. Then, designed a complete environment for engineering solutions that would significantly automate lifecycle, including modeling, code generation, knowledge-driven simulation, and verification,” TCS said.

TCS has assured us to have a standard control interface between SKA and it's subsystems which are all diverse.

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