VLBI is an astronomical method by which multiple radio telescopes located hundreds or thousands of kilometres apart observe the same region of sky simultaneously. Data from each telescope is recorded onto hard disks which are shipped to a central “correlator”, a purpose-built supercomputer which processes the data. This simulates a single telescope with a diameter as wide as the most distantly located telescopes and produces images with higher resolution than the most powerful optical telescopes. e-VLBI improves upon the traditional disk-based method by streaming data directly from the telescopes and correlating it in real-time, currently at a rate of one Gigabit per second (Gbps) from each telescope, and eventually tens of Gbps. e-VLBI’s speed allows personnel to immediately identify and correct problems during an observation, and delivers data to astronomers in a matter of hours rather than weeks. If so-called transient activity is detected, such as a supernova or gamma-ray burst, the astronomer can quickly schedule additional observations, an advantage not possible with traditional VLBI.
NEXPReS aims to implement the “best of both worlds” – data archiving and reprocessing afforded by traditional disk-based VLBI with the speed and flexibility of e-VLBI – through a variety of improved technologies and processes:
• Buffering mechanisms – real-time caching of terabytes of data per observation to address data transfer bottlenecks
• Distributed correlation – an automated, distributed correlator to replace the single supercomputer currently used
• High-bandwidth, high-capacity networked storage on demand -distributed storage capable of handling tremendous data requirements
• High bandwidth on demand – encourage the adoption of dynamic networking technologies across independently operated networks used for e-VLBI
NEXPReS is a three year project with a start date of 1 July 2010
PSNC is involved in the following work packages:
• WP7 – Computing in a Shared Infrastructure
• WP8 – Provisioning High-Bandwidth, High-Capacity Networked Storage on Demand
The team implementing the DEMETER project invites beekeepers to take part in a survey on optimizing pollination by bees. The aim of the survey is to examine the interest in tools that provide electronic communication between beekeepers and farmers.
The coronavirus pandemic has changed almost every aspect of our lives - from everyday, private matters to professional work. The pandemic has left its mark on culture and art, especially film and theatre. Cinemas, galleries and theaters were closed for many weeks. Thanks to the cooperation of PSNC and Teatr Nowy in Poznan, we managed to make direct broadcasts of several performances, attracting thousands of viewers in front of computer screens.
PSNC Laboratory of Innovative Education invites teachers to take part in the educational study "Teachers and remote education". The survey aims to gather opinions and experiences related to teachers' work during the coronavirus epidemic.
During the Ars Electronica 2019 Festival (Linz, Austria), a network streaming show from Poznan, implemented by PSNC, was sent to Deep Space 8K in Linz. In the "Around Art" cycle, we'll take a closer look at one of the first live 8K implementations of this kind in the world.
The project, submitted by the cooperation of the "an_ARCHE New Music Foundation", the Telematics Laboratory of the Ignacy Jan Paderewski Academy of Music in Poznan and PSNC, was among 1200 beneficiaries for cultural activities online as part of the "Culture on the Web" program, organized by the National Center for Culture.
Scientists from the Institute of Bioorganic Chemistry of the Polish Academy of Sciences in Poznan developed the first Polish test detecting the presence of SARS-CoV-2. Recently, the Institute organized a press conference in the PSNC tv studio regarding the test and issues related to its production. Taking advantage of this opportunity, the PIONIER.TV team prepared several episodes of the popular scientific series entitled: "Hot Science".
Droniada is a cyclical event organized since 2014, allowing to show competence in the field of industry 4.0 technology, with particular emphasis on drones, ICT and systems for information analysis. This year's edition (July 1-4, 2020) is accompanied by a hackaton and online workshops in which representatives of PSNC take part as speakers.
The Immersify project will be presented during NEM Summit 2020, which is organized online this year. The NEM Summit is an international conference and exhibition, organized since 2008 by the NEM Initiative for all those interested in broad area of Media, Content, and Creativity.
This Thursday, June 25, we invite you to take part in the first edition of the Smart City Wielkopolska conference, which will be held online. PSNC is a Partner of this event, and the main organizer is the Wielkopolska Investment Support Center (WCWI). One of the invited speakers is Cezary Mazurek, Ph.D. (PSNC).
Poznan Supercomputing and Networking Center once again took part in organizing the 11th edition of Logistics Gala (18.06.2020), which due to a coronavirus pandemic was held online in the form of a webinar, broadcast from the studio in the CBPIO building.
On June 16, 2020, the official opening of the Air Traffic Control Center in Poznan near the Poznan-Lawica airport took place. The building was visited by, among others: Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs Szymon Szynkowski vel Sęk, CEO of CPK Mikołaj Wild, CEO of PANSA Janusz Janiszewski. The ceremony was also attended by the PSNC management and the rector of the Poznan University of Technology. PSNC had its role in this event, as the building is now connected to the PIONIER network, and the PSNC drone was able to demonstrate live the operation of the electronic flight control system for PANSA UTM drones.
Due to the special international situation caused by the restrictions related to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Immersify project could not be presented at the Cannes International Film Festival in May this year. In return, the project partners, in particular, PSNC and Ars Electronica from Austria, decided to showcase the final results in a demonstration that will take place on June 17 at 11:00 am CET and will broadcast online.
The opening session of this year's TNC conference was scheduled for today, 8 June 2020. As in previous years, PSNC was supposed to act as a technological partner. Unfortunately, the organizers, due to the persisting coronavirus epidemic, decided to postpone the conference for a year.
Immersive media change the perception of cinema. Due to the outbreak of the coronavirus, cinemas around the world remain closed. David Davies in his article on the IBC365 portal is trying to answer the question: which technologies can encourage viewers in the future to return to this form of entertainment? One of the responders is Maciej Głowiak - Head of PSNC New Media Department.
PSNC created an application for the VOX furniture brand that integrates numerous tools for modern remote customer service. Nowadays, in the era of coronavirus epidemics and restrictions associated with the virus, this application becomes very popular.
More and more often, modern technologies are perceived by artists and art creators as a potential inspiration and a kind of artwork material. One of the main goals of the Vertigo STARTS initiative, created under the aegis of the European Commission in Horizon 2020, is to stimulate synergy between artists or cultural institutions, and research and development institutes in the field of IT technologies. Last year's edition of the program was attended by a conceptual artist from Berlin - Theresa Schubert, who resided at PSNC within the current project.
Recently, the media have been publishing many materials on PSNC and the Institute of Bioorganic Chemistry of the Polish Academy of Sciences' participation in projects aimed at fighting the coronavirus epidemic. The press articles about the involvement of our Centre in such initiatives are available, among others, on the portal sztucznainteligencja.org.pl.
During last year's European Robotics Week, PSNC presented robot applications in its own projects and products related to education, medicine, agriculture, new media and digital libraries. Alicja Laskowska from the Future Internet Services Department summarized the event.