Lead Research Organisation: University of Oxford
Department Name: Oxford Physics


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Description The work on this grant established the basic design principles of the SKA-Low aperture array telescope. This has fed in to further detailed design work on the SKA.
Exploitation Route These findings are an essential part of the on-going development of aperture array radio telescopes.
Sectors Digital/Communication/Information Technologies (including Software)

Description Cluster of Research Infrastructure Synergies in Physics
Amount € 12,961,000 (EUR)
Funding ID EC FP7 283745 
Organisation European Commission 
Department Seventh Framework Programme (FP7)
Sector Public
Country European Union (EU)
Start 10/2011 
End 09/2014
Title OSKAR 
Description The OSKAR package consists of a number of applications for the simulation of astronomical radio interferometers. OSKAR has been designed primarily to produce simulated visibility data from large aperture arrays, such as those envisaged for the SKA. The computation performed by OSKAR applications is accelerated using NVIDIA graphics processing units (GPUs). 
Type Of Technology Software 
Year Produced 2014 
Open Source License? Yes  
Impact OSKAR plays a key role in the development of the Square Kilometre Array (SKA) by providing simulation capability to the Science Data Processor (SDP) and Low Frequency Aperture Array (LFAA) consortia. By explicitly evaluating the response from radio sources across the whole sky and allowing for complex station beam effects, OSKAR enables simulations that were previously impossible to perform. Although developed to simulate data from the SKA, OSKAR has been used within a number of other projects in the radio astronomy community.