Monthly Archives: July 2013

The Keck Observatory Archive: A Model for a TMT Archive?

One of the topics discussed at the TMT Science Forum was the need for a searchable archive that would allow PIs to access their data and, when data were public, would provide data access for a broader scientific community. The … Continue reading

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TMT Operations Discussion: A Scientists Perspective

Nestled among the science talks today was a presentation by Mike Bolte (UC Santa Cruz), on the operations concept for the TMT, and as a manager of operational archives I listened attentively. He mentioned that the initial operations plan was … Continue reading

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Thirty Meter Telescope Science Forum

The Thirty Meter Telescope (TMT) is hosting the first Science Forum in Waikoloa, Hawaii on July 22 and 23 2013. The TMT is an international project to build and operate a 30-m wide-field, alt-az Ritchey-Chretien 492 segment telescope on Mauna … Continue reading

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Cosmological Calculations with GPUs

A while ago, I wrote a series of posts on how astronomers are learning to use GPUs  in astronomy: The Use of Graphical Processing Units (GPU’s) In Astronomy, GPU’s in Astronomy: Critical Decisions for Early Adopters, GPU’s vs. CPU’s: Apples vs. Oranges?. I hope … Continue reading

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Why you should write buggy software with as few features as possible (no, really!)

This is the title of a presentation by Brian Granger at last month’s SciPy2013 meeting (see also last week’s post). Now, I certainly concur that software should not be feature rich, but the idea that it should be buggy as … Continue reading

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SciPy 2013 From A Distance

SciPy 2013 was the twelfth annual Scientific Computing with Python conference, held this year in Austin, TX, from June 24 to June 29. I was unable to attend, so I am giving this report from a distance based on the … Continue reading

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