The Square Kilometre Array (SKA) project is an international eﬀort to build the world’s largest radio telescope, with eventually over a square kilometre (one million square metres) of collecting area. The scale of the SKA represents a huge leap forward in both engineering and research & development towards building and delivering a unique instrument, with all ﬁnal reviews completed ahead of construction. The SKA Observatory is the second intergovernmental organisation dedicated to astronomy in the world, a er the European Southern Observatory. It brings together a wealth of the world’s finest scientists, engineers and policy makers to bring the project to fruition.
SKA-France is a national coordination of industrial, technical and scientific activities preparatory to the SKA project in France. It created a consortium named “Maison SKA-France” to ﬁnance France’s membership in the Project Oﬃce, to deﬁne the French scientific and technological roadmap for the
SKA, and to pursue the development of joint research projects between public and private partners targeting SKA major challenges. Inria as a member of “Maison SKA France” brings its expertise in some challenging aspects of the project such as in high performance computing, big data, resource management, I/O, and IA. Avalon coordinates this effort.