• The Five-hundred-meter Aperture Spherical Telescope (FAST) is expected to be completed in 2016, when it will overtake Puerto Rico's Arecibo Observatory as the world's largest radio telescope, able to observe radio signals originating billions of light years away.
  • All that data will need to be processed, so China's Institute of Computing Technology will be building a supercomputer, named Skyeye-1, on-site.
  • FAST will require 200 teraflops per second of processing power per second and could store as much as 10 petabyes of data daily. Skyeye-1 can perform a quadrillion computing operations per second, so it should be able to handle the telescope's output.

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