Correlator Supercomputer Designed to Run ALMA Radio Telescope Array

Chile's Chajnantor plateau, some 5 kilometers above sea level, is the home of a new supercomputer specially designed to run the ALMA radio telescope array (dishes at lower right). Credit: ALMA (ESO/NAOJ/NRAO), Carlos Padilla

The Atacama Large Millimeter/Submillimeter Array (ALMA) Correlator, a large supercomputer that was built in Chile to help radio astronomers, will be able to perform 17 quadrillion operations per second. It took 48 months to install it, 5,000 meters above sea level.

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Radio Telescope Square Kilometer Array Will be Powered by $43-Million IBM Supercomputer


The world’s largest telescope will be the Square Kilometer Array, and when it starts peering into radio waves emanating from the skies, it will generate 1,000,000 terabytes of data each day. All of this data needs to be processed, and IBM is building a supercomputer to handle it.

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