Saturday 14 June 2014


Recently, we reported on the arrival of a new computer. This `canister mac' has now been installed in the RF-container at KAIRA and is being used for data acquisition. In addition to the computer itself there are two RAID arrays of 28 TB each, which triples the existing capacity of the in-container storage.

The new canister mac (`kaira05') atop the LOFAR
local control unit. (Photo: D. McKay-Bukowski)

The form factor of this machine is difficult so I would not recommend this. Also, the use of MacOSX has been problematic, so we may yet install Linux on this. However these are the tools we've been given and, with a lot of effort, we have managed to get it working at least for the basics. (High-speed processing remains to be tackled).

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