AAS 204th Meeting, June 2004
Session 52 Virtual Observations in Solar Physics
SPD Topical Session, Wednesday, June 2, 2004, 10:45am-12:30pm, 704/706

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[52.05] Applying IDL Sockets to VSO

D.M. Zarro (L-3Com/GSI)

Research Systems Inc. (RSI) introduced support for TCP/IP sockets in Interactive Data Language (IDL) version 5.0. These sockets provide capabilities for remote data access in IDL that are routinely available in languages such as C, PERL, and Java. I will describe how the RHESSI team has incorporated IDL sockets into its analysis software. I will demonstrate how we program and use sockets to access worldwide-distributed archived RHESSI data and synoptic observations. The ideas and techniques that we have implemented lend themselves naturally to VSO applications.

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