A sustainable approach to large ICT science based infrastructures: The case for radio astronomy
Paper i proceeding, 2014

Large sensor-based infrastructures for radio astronomy will be among the most intensive data-driven projects in the world, facing very high power demands. The geographically wide distribution of these infrastructures and their associated processing High Performance Computing (HPC) facilities require Green Information and Communications Technologies (ICT): a combination is needed of low power computing, power and byte efficient data storage, local data services, Smart Grid power management, and inclusion of Renewable Energies. Here we outline the major characteristics and innovation approaches to address power efficiency and long-term power sustainability for radio astronomy projects, focusing on Green ICT for science.

cloud computing


radio astronomy


solar power


D. BarboSá

Instituto de Telecomunicacoes

J.P. Barraca

Universidade de Aveiro

Instituto de Telecomunicacoes

A.J. Boonstra

Netherlands Foundation for Research in Astronomy

R.L.A. Aguiar

Instituto de Telecomunicacoes

Universidade de Aveiro

Arnold van Ardenne

Chalmers, Rymd- och geovetenskap, Onsala rymdobservatorium

J.D. Santander-Vela

CSIC - Instituto de Astrofísica de Andalucía (IAA)

L. Verdes-Montenegro

CSIC - Instituto de Astrofísica de Andalucía (IAA)

2014 IEEE International Energy Conference, ENERGYCON 2014; Dubrovnik; Croatia; 13 May 2014 through 16 May 2014



Astronomi, astrofysik och kosmologi

Elektroteknik och elektronik