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Design for a phase 0 network
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Paper Abstract

Today's astronomers may use the telescopes and instruments of many observatories to execute their science observations. Discovering the distributed resources that are available is time consuming and error prone because astronomers must manually take facility information and match it to the needs of their science observations. While Phase 1 and Phase 2 of the proposal process are well supported by a wide variety of software tools, the initial phase of discovering what resources are available, Phase 0, suffers from a lack of software support. This paper describes and proposes the creation of a Phase 0 Network to fill this void. The network is built upon peer-to-peer (P2P) technology, showing that this new approach to distributed computing has viable uses in astronomy.

Paper Details

Date Published: 2 January 2002
PDF: 10 pages
Proc. SPIE 4844, Observatory Operations to Optimize Scientific Return III, (2 January 2002); doi: 10.1117/12.460766
Show Author Affiliations
Kim K. Gillies, Tucson Project Office/Gemini Observatory (United States)
Shane Walker, Gemini Observatory/AURA (Chile)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 4844:
Observatory Operations to Optimize Scientific Return III
Peter J. Quinn, Editor(s)

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