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Abstract Reference: 31179
Identifier: P2.19
Presentation: Poster presentation
Key Theme: 2 Management of Scientific and Data Analysis Projects

MeerKAT Data Center Technology Spotlight

Schollar Christopher T. G.

The poster contains an overview of the MeerKAT Science Processing and Archive data centre. It provides some detail on the proposed solutions for the processing and archival requirements of the MeerKAT telescope. This includes a description of a proposed imager providing 500 TFlops of processing power using Nvidia Tegra SoC's and utilising immersion cooling in oil. This contrasts traditional server and air cooling approach. This design, if successful, should provide significant savings in both the thermal and electric budget of the running system. The poster describes the Science Archive which will provide 10PB of HDD storage for long term archival of science data products. We detail the Visibility archive, an 18PB tape based archive for storing raw visibility data for a limited window. This will allow reprocessing of observations within ~4 months of an observation.