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An Exabyte/day is Really Big Data...

Future telescope array drives development of exabyte processing

Future Square Kilometer Array telescopes will need new computing technology.

Innovations in modern science and computer technology are strongly linked together, and astronomy has unquestionably benefited from the advances in high-powered computing systems. However, the proposed Square Kilometer Array (SKA) of radio telescopes promises to push well beyond the current computing ability of the entire planet: if it works as planned, SKA will produce over one exabyte (260 bytes, or approximately 1 billion gigabytes) every day. This is roughly twice the global daily traffic of the entire Internet, and will require storage capacity at least 10 times that needed for the Large Hadron Collider.