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eSTAR: a distributed telescope network
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Paper Abstract

The e-STAR (e-Science Telescopes for Astronomical Research) project uses GRID techniques to develop the software infrastructure for a global network of robotic telescopes. The basic architecture is based around Intelligent Agents which request data from Discovery Nodes that may be telescopes or databases. Communication is based on a development of the XML RTML language secured using the Globus I/O library, with status serving provided via LDAP. We describe the system architecture and protocols devised to give a distributed approach to telescope scheduling, as well as giving details of the implementation of prototype Intelligent Agent and Discovery Node systems.

Paper Details

Date Published: 27 November 2002
PDF: 12 pages
Proc. SPIE 4845, Advanced Global Communications Technologies for Astronomy II, (27 November 2002); doi: 10.1117/12.456601
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Iain A. Steele, Liverpool John Moores Univ. (United Kingdom)
Tim Naylor, Univ. of Exeter (United Kingdom)
Alisdair Allan, Univ. of Exeter (United Kingdom)
Jason Etherton, Liverpool John Moores Univ. (United Kingdom)
C J Mottram, Liverpool John Moores Univ. (United Kingdom)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 4845:
Advanced Global Communications Technologies for Astronomy II
Robert I. Kibrick, Editor(s)

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