2016-07 SKA-4-NZ Programme
July 2016
SKA for New Zealand Seminar
13 July 2016 Wednesday
AUT University Mayoral Drive Building WG Room 801
Programme (last revised 2016-07-10 5:15pm)

New Zealand has participated in the Pre-construction design of high performance computing for the international SKA project since November 2013.  New Zealand Alliance is the entity funded by the government to organise our efforts.  It consists of AUT, Massey University, University of Auckland, Compucon New Zealand in Auckland; and Open Parallel, Catalyst IT and Nyriad outside of Auckland.  We have organised 4 C4SKA events so far on how New Zealand contributed to SKA.  This seminar however is about how our efforts for SKA can be spinned off to New Zealand industry, economy, and the future.  This seminar is the 1st of its kind.  New Zealand Alliance is the organiser of the event. 

1:00pm to 1:15pm Reception

1:15pm Overview of NZ Industry Involvements in SKA, Andrew Ensor (Dr)
1:40pm Getting New Zealand astronomy on world stage, Sergei Gulyaev (Prof) *1
2:05pm Open Architecture for New Zealand, TN Chan, Compucon

2:30pm to 3:00pm Tea/Coffee break

3:00pm Cloud, HPC and containers in the light of SKA- Bruno Lago & Piers Harding *2
3:20pm Interact COTE- extending SKA Industry-linked model, John Raine (Prof)
3:40pm Feature talk on pulsars- Testing Einstein's GR with SKA, Willem van Straten (Dr) *3
4:00pm to 4:30pm Floor discussions
4:30pm Seminar Close

*1 Professor Sergei Gulyaev will disclose the New Zealand involvement in a discovery of cosmic source of ultra-high energy particles and the event indicates more potentials for New Zealand computing and astronomy.

*2 Bruno Lago and Piers Harding are solution architects at Catalyst IT with years of experience on cloud computing, data analysis and software development life-cycle management. http://piersharding.com/download/slides/ska-seminar-2016.html#/

*3 Willem’s presentation was too large.