Lead Research Organisation: University of Manchester
Department Name: Physics and Astronomy


Southampton leads the Pipeline Imaging (PIP.IMG) work package element of the SDP. This covers the Imaging Pipeline work for the SDP element during Stage 1 & 2 of the SKA Preconstruction Phase. This includes imaging pipelines for the three array types: SKA1_MID, SKA1_LOW & SKA1_SURVEY.

The scope of the imaging pipeline includes:

Continuum Subtraction
** May be in the calibration pipeline or imaging pipeline depending on the model for processing implemented

Planned Impact

Beneficiaries of this project include the international SKA community and industrial partners.


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Lucas Luis (2019) Efficient Source Finding for Radio Interferometric Images in arXiv e-prints

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Scaife AMM (2020) Big telescope, big data: towards exascale with the Square Kilometre Array. in Philosophical transactions. Series A, Mathematical, physical, and engineering sciences

Related Projects

Project Reference Relationship Related To Start End Award Value
ST/M001903/1 01/10/2013 31/12/2014 £295,463
ST/M001903/2 Transfer ST/M001903/1 01/01/2015 31/03/2017 £179,740
Description - What were the most significant achievements from the award?

Input to ongoing work for SKA SDP, specifically: direct dependent imaging (A-projection), visibility gridding on accelerated compute, multi-scale deconvolution, fast imaging.

- To what extent were the award objectives met? If you can, briefly explain why any key objectives were not met.

This award is for design work for SKA SDP. This objective is being met.

- How might the findings be taken forward and by whom?

The material from this work will influence the contributions for CDR and later construction.
Exploitation Route Work done under this grant will influence input to CDR and construction.
Sectors Digital/Communication/Information Technologies (including Software)

Description This grant funds technical development work for the SKA project. The software prototyping under this grant has contributed to multiple pieces of work for this design effort, which will form a basis for CDR documentation. All design work under this grant contributed to earned value from the SKA project to the UK.
First Year Of Impact 2016
Sector Digital/Communication/Information Technologies (including Software)
Impact Types Economic

Description AENEAS
Amount € 3,000,000 (EUR)
Funding ID EU project 731016 
Organisation European Commission 
Department Horizon 2020
Sector Public
Country European Union (EU)
Start 01/2017 
End 12/2019
Description RadioNet
Amount € 10,000,000 (EUR)
Funding ID EU Project 730562 
Organisation European Commission 
Department Horizon 2020
Sector Public
Country European Union (EU)
Start 01/2017 
End 12/2021