A Future Astronomical Software Environment (FASE)

Preben Grosbol (ESO), D.Tody (VAO/NRAO), L.Paioro (INAF), Y.Granet (LAM/OAMP), B.Garilli (INAF), C.Surace (LAM/OAMP), and OPTICON Network 9.2


Analysing data sets in astronomy has become more and more complex and has
driven the development of specific tools, functions and tasks. In order to
integrate these tools in a global environment and thereby preserving them, the
OPTICON Network 9.2 in coordination with US-VAO has outlined requirements,
defined an architectural concept and developed a prototype of a Future
Astronomical Software Environment (FASE). Important features are support for
user scripting (e.g. Python), access to legacy applications (e.g. IRAF,
MIDAS), integration with the virtual observatory for access to remote data and
computation, and scalability supporting desktops to distributed cluster
systems. A first prototype has been implemented and demonstrates the
feasibility by offering access to numerous applications (e.g. ds9, ESO CPL
pipelines, MIDAS, topcat) from a Python or Unix shell using VO-SAMP as a
software bus. A simple packaging system is also provided to allow easy
definition and sharing of applications at a Web portal. The talk will present
the base requirements for the environment, discuss the prototype, and outline
possible future steps. Documents and more detailed information on the work
of the OPTICON Network can be obtained through its TWiki pages

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Paper ID: O17

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