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ANTARES: a prototype transient broker system
Author(s): Abhijit Saha; Thomas Matheson; Richard Snodgrass; John Kececioglu; Gautham Narayan; Robert Seaman; Tim Jenness; Tim Axelrod
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Paper Abstract

The Arizona-NOAO Temporal Analysis and Response to Events System (ANTARES) is a joint project of the National Optical Astronomy Observatory and the Department of Computer Science at the University of Arizona. The goal is to build the software infrastructure necessary to process and filter alerts produced by time-domain surveys, with the ultimate source of such alerts being the Large Synoptic Survey Telescope (LSST). The ANTARES broker will add value to alerts by annotating them with information from external sources such as previous surveys from across the electromagnetic spectrum. In addition, the temporal history of annotated alerts will provide further annotation for analysis. These alerts will go through a cascade of filters to select interesting candidates. For the prototype, ‘interesting’ is defined as the rarest or most unusual alert, but future systems will accommodate multiple filtering goals. The system is designed to be flexible, allowing users to access the stream at multiple points throughout the process, and to insert custom filters where necessary. We describe the basic architecture of ANTARES and the principles that will guide development and implementation.

Paper Details

Date Published: 28 July 2014
PDF: 8 pages
Proc. SPIE 9149, Observatory Operations: Strategies, Processes, and Systems V, 914908 (28 July 2014); doi: 10.1117/12.2056988
Show Author Affiliations
Abhijit Saha, National Optical Astronomy Observatory (United States)
Thomas Matheson, National Optical Astronomy Observatory (United States)
Richard Snodgrass, The Univ. of Arizona (United States)
John Kececioglu, The Univ. of Arizona (United States)
Gautham Narayan, National Optical Astronomy Observatory (United States)
Robert Seaman, National Optical Astronomy Observatory (United States)
Tim Jenness, Cornell Univ. (United States)
Tim Axelrod, The Univ. of Arizona (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 9149:
Observatory Operations: Strategies, Processes, and Systems V
Alison B. Peck; Chris R. Benn; Robert L. Seaman, Editor(s)

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