Dome Newsletter 7
Datum: 21-12-2015
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ASTRON & IBM Center for Exascale Technology
Dear <<First Name>> <<Last Name>>,

After over three years of hard work on Dome, it is a pleasure to see that the project output is increasing significantly. New state of the art hardware is becoming available for testing, ranging from microservers to photonic beamformers and photonic signal transport links, to name but a few.

This year, the Dome team has also crossed the milestone of 100 publications and has received several best paper awards. Speaking of dissemination, we have noticed an increased interest in the Users Platform, have presented Dome at several events and have organized our first colloquium. You’ll read all about it in this newsletter. This year has marked a big step in the development of the microserver.

We have presented a Dome hot-water cooled microserver cluster at the SuperCompute15 conference in Texas. Also, we’ve handed over the first microservers to three Users Platform parties. Keep reading to find out about what these parties intend to do with it.

In 2016, we will continue our R&D, and we wil continue tol hold platform meetings, colloquia and other events. We’re also looking forward to some preliminary test results of the first three microservers. In other words, 2016 will be another exciting year.

For now, we wish you happy holidays and an astronomically good year!

Albert-Jan Boonstra and Ton Engbersen
Scientific Directors Dome for ASTRON and IBM
On Thursday afternoon September 17th, ASTRON’s Van de Hulst auditorium was the venue for the first Dome colloquium. Three speakers were lined up to share some recent findings. The audience consisted of people from various SME’s, as well as institutes like TNO, University of Groningen, ASTRON and projects IJkdijk and Target.

The three speakers were:
Gero Dittmann
Vinodh Venkatesan
Jonas Weiss

Read the full story here.
The first three Dome microservers were handed over to Philips Drachten, Sensor City Assen and the University of Technology Eindhoven during an official presentation conducted by Henk Brink, Deputy of the Province of Drenthe, on 19 November. It is one of Dome’s showpieces.

The microserver (new generation very power efficient data centre hardware) is faster and more energy efficient than a usual server. The little box does not need much space. It is four to ten times smaller than a conventional server. And because of some special tricks, such as cooling with hot water instead of air, it uses very little energy.

Read the fulll story here.

Upcoming events
In 2016, we will schedule several Users Platform events. In addition, a series of microserver-related activities are in the pipeline. We’ll keep you posted!

Albert-Jan Boonstra
Oude Hoogeveensedijk 4
7991 PD Dwingeloo
The Netherlands
T +31 521 595 100

Ton Engbersen
Saumerstrasse 4
T +41 44 7248302
Founding Project Partners

The DOME project is supported by the following entities


DOME is the research project in which ASTRON and IBM have joined forces to create new technology for handling the huge amounts of data that will be generated by the Square Kilometre Array. It is one of the most data-intensive research projects ever. If you would like any further information, please contact Albert-Jan Boonstra, scientific director DOME for ASTRON, or Ton Engbersen, scientific director DOME for IBM Research

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