IBM's £27 Million Computer For the World's Largest Radio Telescope

By Jamie Condliffe on at

When it's built, the Square Kilometre Array will be the world's largest radio telescope. Then, when it goes online, it will spit out 1,000,000 terabytes of data each day—and IBM is trying to make a computer which can handle it.

To give some context, 1,000,000 terabytes—or one exabyte—is twice as much information as there is traffic on the internet in a single day. It's an insane amount of data.

Which is why IBM has announced that it's going to plow $43 million (around £23m) into a supercomputer capable of handling the task. This thing will be unlike any other computer ever built—think nanophotonics, 3D chip stacking and phase change memory—and IBM has less than 12 years to make it a reality. Good luck, guys! [IBM]

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