Twinkle, twinkle, little star, how I wonder what you are!
Big, Bigger, Huge Data Challenges in Astronomy
Astronomy is fundamentally a discovery science that provides essential clues to our understanding of the inner workings of the Universe. The new generation of powerful observatories will be the biggest civil data engines ever.
Accumulating data in the zettabyte (1^21 byte) regime will open up the discovery space for new physics and to access, manipulate, analyse, and visualise even small parts of such datasets is a major challenge.
Our guest will provide an overview of big data in astronomy, the data challenges, the upcoming observatories like the Square Kilometre Array (SKA), and elaborate on the opportunity of a German data centre.
Dr. Hans-Rainer Klöckner is involved in the SKA efforts in Germany. He is the secretary of the GLOWSKA working group, project scientist of the SKA-MT-MPIfR Prototype Disk, and has lead the European science simulations (SKADS) for the SKA. He studied physics and astronomy at the University of Bonn 1998 and received his PhD in 2004 at the Kapteyn-Institut at the University of Groningen (The Netherlands). After a Postdoc at ASTRON in the Netherlands, he worked in observational cosmology at the University of Oxford for 7 years. Since 2010 he has been working at the Max Planck Institute for Radio Astronomy in Bonn.