Title: Supporting HPC SKA challenges
Date: 2020-10-05 15:52
Authors: Christian Perez
Job_Duration: 15 mois
The Square Kilometre Array (SKA) project is an international effort to build the world’s largest radio telescope, with eventually over a square kilometre (one million square metres) of collecting area. The scale of the SKA represents a huge leap forward in both engineering and research & development towards building and delivering a unique instrument, with all final reviews completed ahead of construction. The SKA Observatory is the second intergovernmental organisation dedicated to astronomy in the world, after the European Southern Observatory. It brings together a wealth of the world’s finest scientists, engineers and policy makers to bring the project to fruition.
SKA-France is a national coordination of industrial, technical and scientific activities preparatory to the SKA project in France. It created a consortium named "Maison SKA-France" to finance France’s membership in the Project Office, to define the French scientific and technological roadmap for the SKA, and to pursue the development of joint research projects between public and private partners targeting SKA major challenges.
Inria as a member of "Maison SKA France" brings its expertise in some challenging aspects of the project such as in high performance computing, big data, resource management, I/O, and IA.
The proposed job is an opportunity to work with many different people from around the world: physicists, computer scientists, engineers from academia and from the industry. It is also a rare opportunity to participate directly to a very ambitious international scientific project and see how it is operated.
The SKA project is now finalising the design work of all its components towards the construction proposal, including an intense Software Engineering activity. Development work is organized in small software teams distributed across the globe who coordinate through quarterly week-long planning events.
The recruited person will be at the interface between SKA, SKA France, and some Inria teams to contribute to answering issues raised during the bridging phase, in particular with respect to questions related to HPC programming models, HPC I/O, application performances, resource management, or energy efficiency.
The recruited person will participate to the PLANET team, a SKA software team dedicated to platform (benchmarking, monitoring, profiling) and network issues. This participation involves direct engineering work, regular meetings, planning work and reporting SKA activity to SKA France partners.
*More information and application at https://jobs.inria.fr/public/classic/en/offres/2020-02850