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What do telescopes, databases, and compute clusters have in common?
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Paper Abstract

Linking ground based telescopes with astronomical satellites, and using the emerging field of intelligent agent architectures to provide crucial autonomous decision making in software, we have combined data archives and research class robotic telescopes along with distributed computing nodes to build an ad-hoc peer-to-peer heterogeneous network of resources. The eSTAR Project* uses intelligent agent technologies to carry out resource discovery, submit observation requests and analyze the reduced data returned from a meta-network of robotic telescopes. We present the current operations paradigm of the eSTAR network and describe the direction of in which the project intends to develop over the next several years. We also discuss the challenges facing the project, including the very real sociological one of user acceptance.

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Date Published: 27 June 2006
PDF: 11 pages
Proc. SPIE 6274, Advanced Software and Control for Astronomy, 627408 (27 June 2006); doi: 10.1117/12.671360
Show Author Affiliations
A. Allan, Univ. of Exeter (United Kingdom)
A. Adamson, Joint Astronomy Ctr. (United States)
B. Cavanagh, Joint Astronomy Ctr. (United States)
F. Economou, Joint Astronomy Ctr. (United States)
S. Fraser, Liverpool JMU (United Kingdom)
T. Jenness, Joint Astronomy Ctr. (United States)
C. Mottram, Liverpool JMU (United Kingdom)
T. Naylor, Univ. of Exeter (United Kingdom)
E. S. Saunders, Univ. of Exeter (United Kingdom)
I. A. Steele, Liverpool JMU (United Kingdom)
W. T. Vestrand, Los Alamos National Lab. (United States)
R. R. White, Los Alamos National Lab. (United States)
P. R Wozniak, Los Alamos National Lab. (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 6274:
Advanced Software and Control for Astronomy
Hilton Lewis; Alan Bridger, Editor(s)

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