The Groningen-based astronomy institute Astron is working together with technology multinational IBM on extremely economical microservers. Not only are they much smaller than conventional servers, they also use only a very small amount of energy.
The microservers are intended to pave the way for a new generation of supercomputers. These are needed to process the huge big data flows that will be generated by the Square Kilometre Array Radio Telescope (SKA) in the future.
IBM and Astron are working together in the DOME project on the development of the SKA radio telescope. This super-radio telescope comprises two antenna locations: one in South Africa and one in Australia. Taken together they form a surface area of one square kilometer, making this the world’s biggest and most sensitive radio telescope.
Sensor City Assen, Philips Drachten and TU Eindhoven received the microservers on Thursday in order to test them in practice.
The server will be used in Assen for measurements on the TT circuit and Philips Drachten will be using it for the ongoing development of self-learning robots. TU Eindhoven will be working on making the microserver even faster and low-energy.
Technology firm Variass in Veendam has already expressed its willingness to produce the microservers.
Source: Dagblad van het Noorden
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