Dome Newsletter 6
Date 30-06-2015
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ASTRON & IBM Center for Exascale Technology
Dear <<First Name>> <<Last Name>>,

The Dome project is now 3.5 years underway and active. Our research projects have led to well over 70 scientific publications so far, some of them award-winning. Last year, one of our teams won the prestigious Gauss Award in Leipzig. And in May 2015, we were proud to receive another Best Paper Award at the ACM International Conference on Computing Frontiers.

With all the excellent research being done within Dome, we would like to share some of our findings with you as soon as possible, so you can use them to your advantage. Please consider yourself invited to a small series of colloquia in September 2015. In each of these colloquia, we will take 20 minutes to describe the potential benefits for SME’s and how Dome research findings can have a positive impact on problem-solving and product development.

Save the date
The first colloquium is planned for September 17th at ASTRON, 15:30-17:30. On September 17th, you will hear about topics such as:
  • how to use our tools to determine which kind of processor architecture you need to achieve the best cost performance;
  • how to combine SSD and hard disk to optimize your storage;
  • and how to use analogue signal transmission over optic fibre for reducing your cost of collecting data from remote areas.
We hope to see you at our first colloquium on September 17th. For now, enjoy reading this newsletter!
Albert-Jan Boonstra and Ton Engbersen
Scientific Directors Dome for ASTRON and IBM

Prize-winning research

The scientific progress being made within Dome can be measured in various ways. One interesting marker is the impressive number of 42 publications it led to in 2014. Today, another 14 are in the pipeline. And in the meantime, Dome researchers have won yet another prize. Read more.


Within Dome, we are working on a way to have one computer look right into another one’s memory, copying and transferring the data only once. This is called RDMA, Remote Direct Memory Access. By minimizing data copy operations, we can save significant amounts of time and energy, both on data transfer and data access. Read more.
ERCET website live

On April 17th, ERCET went live. Just like Dome, ERCET (European Research Center for Exascale Technology) is a public-private science alliance between knowledge institutes, industry and governments. ERCET’s founding fathers are the University of Groningen, the Netherlands Institute for Radio Astronomy (ASTRON) and IBM. Read more.
Re-baselining SKA & design reviews

Concerning SKA, earlier this year the SKA Board decided to select two complementary telescope concepts for the 650 M first phase of the SKA (SKA1). Read more
Face-to-Face meeting

From March 25-27, members from the international Dome team came to Dwingeloo for another face-to-face at ASTRON. It turned out to be an excellent meeting which showed great progress and a truly collaborative atmosphere.

After an update on the current status of the SKA project and the SKA preliminary design reviews, each workstream reported on their own progress and planned next steps. We have summarized some key points from each workstream for you.

Read more.
The traveling Dome Microserver

In March, the 64-bit Dome microserver using hot water as a coolant made its debut at CeBIT in Hannover, Germany. In the picture, IBM scientist Andreas Doering is demonstrating the hot water cooled microserver at the conference. There was also a podcast featuring another one of Dome’s IBM researchers, Matteo Cossale. Feel free to listen on Soundcloud.
Read more
Reporting to national and provincial government

On April 16th, members of the Dome steering board and scientific directorate presented the third annual progress report to representatives of the Dutch Ministry of Economic Affairs and the Province of Drenthe. Those who attended said it was a positive and productive gathering.
Read more.
Dome Seminar on Quality in Electronic Design and Manufacturing

On June 16th and 17th about 20 engineers in electronic design came together at the Hanze Institute of Technology in Assen to discuss quality in electronic design and manufacturing. In this seminar, organized by the Dome project, designers of highly complex electronic boards and systems shared their experience and discussed the do’s and don’ts.  The picture above shows the participants present on the first day of the seminar. Read more.
Upcoming Events

After three years of DOME R&D, the project results are becoming tangible. This is a good time to present these results in colloquia at ASTRON. A schedule for the coming year is being prepared. We’re aiming for the first half of September 2015 for the first set of 3 presentations.
  • June 30 - July 2, Science Data Processor Consortium meeting at ASTRON
  • September 17th, Dome colloquium #1 at ASTRON, 15:30-18:30
  • September 22-24, Dome face-to-face project meeting at ZRL, Zurich
  • October 4, Open Day at ASTRON, including Dome presentations
  • Fall 2015, Dome colloquium #2 at ASTRON, 15:30-18:30, date to be announced
  • November 2-6, High Performance Signal Processing Conference, 2015, Valetta, Malta
  • End of 2015, open Dome Users Platform meeting

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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