MSc thesis project proposal
DOME algorithms & machines for the SKA radio telescope
Project outside the universityASTRON-IBM (Dwingeloo)
The ProjectThe Dome project is a unique collaboration between IBM Research – Zurich and ASTRON (Netherlands Institute for Radio Astronomy) to perform fundamental research towards building the international Square Kilometre Array (SKA), the world's largest and most sensitive radio telescope: http://www.dome-exascale.nl/. Dome concentrates on three domains:
- Sustainable supercomputing (extreme performance within a limited energy budget)
- Extreme streaming (real-time processing of massive amounts of data)
AssignmentDome offers an internship or master thesis opportunity (3 to 9 months) with the ASTRON & IBM Center for Exascale Technology in Dwingeloo, The Netherlands. The project goal will be to work out the implementation details of the beamformer ASIC (containing FIR filters, FFTs and beamformers), optimizing it for power and area, and make it conform with SKA requirements. The large data volumes in the SKA put large requirements on the compute system. As the telescope will be located in the desert, power is scarce and low-power designs are crucial.
For the student, the opportunity exists to work in an international project, together with researchers and engineers from both ASTRON and IBM Research in the Netherlands and Switzerland.
RequirementsMSc student in Electrical Engineering or an equivalent field, with a background in signal processing and hardware design, and, ideally, experience with implementations of signal processing algorithms in hardware (FPGA, ASIC). Given the international nature of the project, the student should be able to communicate fluently using the English language.
prof.dr.ir. Alle-Jan van der Veen
Circuits and Systems Group
Department of Microelectronics
Last modified: 2014-08-27