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CSIRO - ASTRON Collaboration Gets in Shape

Submitter: Andre Gunst
Description: Since mid 2015, the SKA1-Low CSP (Central Signal Processor) team consists of CSIRO (lead), ASTRON, the Auckland University of Technology and Curtin University. For both CSIRO in Australia and ASTRON in the Netherlands this effort is aiming towards a long term strategic collaboration which goes beyond the timelines of SKA Phase 1.

Within the digital group of ASTRON (DESP) one of our key drivers is to constantly seek ways to reduce the time to science. For this we developed:
1. a technology independent design flow which allows us to reuse code
2. generic boards that are at the edge of the technology and can be used by various applications when the need is there.

The collaboration enables us to reuse code and hardware between CSIRO and ASTRON, such that more firmware and hardware will be available for next generation instruments, in order to further reduce the time to science.

Currently the collaboration is working out very well and are we battling as one front to deliver the documentation for the delta PDR deadline at the end of January 2016. In April this year one of the design engineers of CSIRO is coming over to ASTRON for 3 months to design the hardware board together with us.

Therefore 2016 will be a very exciting year for us, with lots of challenges on both the technical and organizational front!
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