Category Archives: Operations

The Pegasus Workflow Manager and the Discovery of Gravitational Waves

We have all heard so much about the wonderful discovery of Gravitational Waves – and with just cause! In today’s post, I want to give a shout-out to the Pegasus Workflow Manager, one of the crucial pieces of software used in … Continue reading

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The Palomar Transient Factory: High Quality Realtime Data Processing in a Cost-Constrained Environment

This is the title of a paper by Surace et al. (2015) currently available on astro-ph and presented as a paper at ADASS XXIV in October 2014. The Palomar Transient Factory (PTF) is an example of a cost-constrained project that is … Continue reading

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Ten things we would do differently today: Reflections on a decade of ALMA software development

This is the title of an outstanding presentation given by Brian Glendenning and his team at the recent SPIE meeting in Montreal, Canada (June 22 -28, 2014).  The ALMA software has been an impressive effort over 12+ years,  involving 100 … Continue reading

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Amazon Web Services and the Square Kilometer Array

This week,  I report on what I think is a creative way to use cloud computing to support the development and preconstruction of the Square Kilometer Array (SKA). The work is reported as an Amazon Web Services case study. The … Continue reading

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