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Imaging and Medical Beamline of the Australian Synchrotron: In and Out of Control  
  • A. Maksimenko, R. Acres, C.J. Hall, D. Hausermann, J. Livingstone, J. Pearson, D. Pelliccia, A.W. Stevenson
    ASCo, Clayton, Victoria, Australia
  The Imaging and Medical Beamline (IMBL) was opened to general users three years ago after more than five years of development. The beamline is now one of the most advanced instruments of this type in the world, designed to provide three major types of experiments: fast in-vivo imaging, computed tomography and radiation therapy. Advanced features which make it unique include high photon flux in the wide range of energies, large beam, direct link to the high performance cluster and others. These properties are achieved due to the state-of-art instrumentation and cooperative action of countless components. Their robust operation under the heavy load, high level of flexibility characteristic to the scientific activities and critical safety requirements dictate the exceptional demands on the control systems. In the short history of the user operation the IMBL proved to be an extremely powerful, sometimes irreplaceable, tool for various fields of science and industry. In this paper a brief overview of IMBL experiments is given and some of the recent results from biology, geology, palaeontology and medicine are presented. Concomitant challenges met by the control and IT teams are described.  
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European Space Agency (ESA): The fantastic journey of Rosetta and its companion Philae  
  • A. Ercolani
    VSC-ESA, Valencia, Spain
  The European Space Agency (ESA) is an international organisation with 22 Member States. Its goal is to coordinate and implement the development of the European Space program, to know more about our Earth, space, the solar system and the universe. In March 2004 ESA launched its probe Rosetta and its lander module Philae on a decade long journey to the first historical rendezvous with a comet (67P Churyumov-Gerasimenko). After several gravity assists with Mars and the Earth and a 2.5 year hibernation phase, Rosetta woke up in January 2014 to perform the critical operations of capture into the comet's orbit (August 2014). The successful landing of Philae on the comet (November 2014) and the relay of the first pictures and scientific data from the surface represented a very emotional moment, and a fundamental step in the history of space exploration. Rosetta's operations continue during the journey of comet P67 around the sun, with all instruments on board collecting invaluable science data. In the first years of my career at ESA, I have been responsible for the development of the Mission Control System (MCS) of Rosetta. The MCS is a complex software system which allows sending telecommands to the satellite and to receive and decode its telemetry. The talk will cover the fantastic journey of Rosetta and its companion Philae, plus some considerations on the development of critical control systems for remote spacecraft.  
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Square Kilometre Array : The Radio Astronomy Mega-Project of the Future  
  • Y. Gupta
    National Centre for Radio Astrophysics, Tata Institute of Fundamental Research, Pune, India
  The Square Kilometre Array (SKA) is an ambitious global radio astronomy project to build the biggest and most sensitive radio telescope to date, for addressing a wide variety of cutting edge science goals. Construction of SKA phase I is planned to start from 2018, with early science operations expected from 2021. Almost all major radio astronomy nations are participating in this mega-project that will revolutionise radio astronomy, while driving the growth of many new technologies. Participation from industry on a large scale is an important ingredient in the final design and construction of the SKA. We will present an overview of the project, the main science goals, give an update on the current status of the design work and describe plans for the future. The road to the realisation of the SKA faces a host of challenges. Of specific interest for us is the Telescope Manager, the monitor and control system for the entire observatory that will oversee its functioning, from the preparation and submission of proposals by scientists, to the scheduling of observations and the overall coordination of observations We describe the main design concepts and highlight the challenges ahead  
slides icon Slides WEK3K01 [17.300 MB]  
From Data to Insight: Scientific Data Analytics  
  • G.I. Webb
    Monash University, Victoria, Australia
  The information age has seen a boom in the area of data analytics, largely spurred by online applications, but with impact across many spheres of human endeavour. One such sphere is science, which is seeing a revolution brought about both on the demand side, by modern scientific instruments that generate massive quantities of data, and on the supply side by the capacity of modern data analytics to provide new forms of insight. This talk will provide a tour of the key modern data analysis methods, with examples of how they are being applied in science.  
Cost-Efficient Deployment of Big Data Science Applications on Computing Clouds  
  • R. Buyya
    The University of Melbourne, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
  Computing is being transformed to a model consisting of services that are commoditised and delivered in a manner similar to utilities such as water, electricity, gas, and telephony. In such a model, users access services based on their requirements without regard to where the services are hosted. Several computing paradigms have promised to deliver this utility computing vision. This keynote presentation will cover (a) 21st century vision of computing and identifies various IT paradigms promising to deliver the vision of computing utilities; (b) opportunities and challenges for utility and market-oriented Cloud computing, (c) innovative architecture for creating market-oriented and elastic Clouds by harnessing virtualisation technologies; (d) Aneka, a Cloud Application Platform, for rapid development of Cloud/Big Data applications and their deployment on private/public Clouds with resource provisioning driven by SLAs; (e) experimental results on deploying Cloud and Big Data applications in engineering, and health care, astronomy/ satellite image processing on elastic Clouds, and (f) directions for delivering our 21st century vision along with pathways for future research.