AAS 201st Meeting, January, 2003
Session 9. Virtual Observatories and Online Resources
Poster, Monday, January 6, 2003, 9:20am-6:30pm, Exhibit Hall AB

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[9.05U] Web Services for Astronomical Databases: Connecting AIPS++ to the Virtual Observatory

M. C. Douthit (NRAO & California State University, San Marcos, Department of Physics and Computer Science)

In the year 2010, the NRAO will be operating four of the world’s most powerful radio telescopes: GBT, EVLA, VLBA, and ALMA (with international partnership). Multi-Terabyte data sets will quickly accumulate with a rate of twenty-five to fifty Megabytes of data per second generated by ALMA and EVLA each. It will be imperative for scientists to possess software capable of automated data reduction, image synthesis, and archiving. With the evolution of AIPS++ and the recently developed concepts of the image pipeline, the participation of the NRAO in the virtual observatories of the future is now on the horizon giving birth to the need for fast archive access and web service development in AIPS++. When the software package began over 10 years ago, it was not designed for data transfer via the web. In response to the demands of the NVO, we have designed and implemented an application layer that will allow our system to communicate with others.

Sponsored by the NRAO and California State University, San Marcos.

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