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As it listens for signals, the Allen Telescope Array (ATA) generates 4.5TB of data per hour – only a fraction of which can be analyzed in real time by the SETI Institute’s existing systems.


The SETI Institute is working with IBM to enhance its signal processing capabilities, using Spark to analyze 168 million rows of ATA data and study stellar pairs, occultation and other phenomena.


By analyzing new areas of the radio spectrum and making data available to other researchers in the cloud, the Institute can drive the search for intelligent life forward faster than ever before.

Solution Category

  • IBM Hybrid Cloud
  • Solution Components

    • jStart