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Super Telescope Almost Ready: ALMA

 
FalloutGuy
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12/25/2012 05:59 PM
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Super Telescope Almost Ready: ALMA
WHAT WILL IT DO:
The Atacama Large Millimeter/sub-millimeter Array (ALMA, Spanish for "soul") is an array of radio telescopes in the Atacama desert of northern Chile. Since a high and dry site is crucial to millimeter wavelength operations, the array is being constructed on the Chajnantor plateau at 5000 metres altitude. Consisting of 66 12-meter and 7-meter diameter radio telescopes observing at millimeter and sub-millimeter wavelengths, ALMA is expected to provide insight on star birth during the early universe and detailed imaging of local star and planet formation.

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One of the most powerful supercomputers in the world has now been fully installed and tested at its remote, high altitude site in the Andes of northern Chile. This marks one of the major remaining milestones toward completion of the Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array (ALMA), the most elaborate ground-based telescope in history. The special-purpose ALMA correlator has over 134 million processors and performs up to 17 quadrillion operations per second [1], a speed comparable to the fastest general-purpose supercomputer in operation today [2].

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Anonymous Coward (OP)
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12/25/2012 06:05 PM
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Re: Super Telescope Almost Ready: ALMA
Just imagine what they could process with this new supercomputer, it is almost hard to grasp.
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12/26/2012 03:21 AM
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Re: Super Telescope Almost Ready: ALMA
This is going to be huge, we will hear a lot more from this telescope in the future.

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