Australia’s newly launched supercomputer, the Pawsey Supercomputing Research Center, or simply Setonix, has managed to provide a detailed picture of the remnant of a supernova star. To interpret the large amount of complex data obtained by radio telescopes, the device is supported by 36 parabolic antennas working together, like the telescope itself.
These antennas are operated by the National Science Agency (CSIRO) in Australia which transmits data via high-speed optical fibers to the Pawsey Center and processes this information and turns it into images ready for science.
Data processing is a complex process that can be done in different ways and provide various solutions and various problems. The supernova image was captured by combining data collected from hundreds of telescopes, which allowed the supercomputer to obtain a composite view of the star’s remnant. The more complex the functions offered to the device, the more difficult it is to process and the need for powerful software. See the resulting image below:
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