Author Archives: astrocompute

Virtual and Augmented Reality for Space Science and Exploration

This is the title of a Symposium held at the Keck Institute for Space Studies on January 30 2018 in Pasadena.  According to the website, the goals of the meeting were: “The emerging technologies of Virtual and Augmented Reality (VR/AR) … Continue reading

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Best Practices for a Future Open Code Policy

This week,  I am posting a copy of white paper prepared by Shamir et al., in response to a call from the National Academies, who are sponsoring a Task Force on “Best Practices for a Future Open Code Policy for … Continue reading

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A Study of the Efficiency of Spatial Indexing Methods Applied to Large Astronomical Databases

This is the title of a poster presented by Tom Donaldson, Bernie Shiao (both of STScI) , John Good (Caltech/IPAC-NExScI) and myself at the 231st AAS meeting in Washington DC (January 8-12).  I am attaching a copy of the poster … Continue reading

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The Montage Image Mosaic Toolkit As A Visualization Engine

It’s January and that means it’s the Annual Winter meeting of the American Astronomical Society, this year in Washington DC. I presented a poster on how the Montage Image Mosaic Toolkit (http://montage.ipac.caltech.edu) is increasingly being used as a visualization engine. … Continue reading

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The Exoplanet Content of the Keck Observatory Archive (KOA)

This week, I have been attending the “Exoclipse 2017: Exploring New Worlds In the Shade” conference at Boise State University, splendidly organized by Brian Jackson. From the project website, the meeting’s goals are to discuss “…  discovery strategies, nascent population … Continue reading

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Summer App Space Innovation Speaker Series

Summer App Space is a paid apprenticeship for LA students and teachers to learn to program while getting paid to do fun space-related projects, and this year they are funding 12 students to attend a six-week school learning to program … Continue reading

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Scientific Workflows for Science and the Science of Scientific Workflows

In this era of compute intensive astronomy, tools for managing complex workflows are becoming a crucial part of our science infrastructure. This video offers a fine introduction to the Pegasus workflow manager by the team leader, Ewa Deelman (ISI, USC). … Continue reading

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