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AstroCompute · 11M ago

Astronomy Software (1986)

I admit that I have soft spot for these old videos. This one is from 1986. Now, the interfaces may seem primitive, yet the calculations are quite sophisticated – these types of programs are ...
AstroCompute · 1Y ago

The Mother of All Demos, presented by Douglas Engelbart (1968)

If you have never seen this, I recommend it.  Douglas Engelbart’s December 9, 1968, extraordinarily prescient demonstration of experimental computer technologies that are now ubiquitous. The...
AstroCompute · 1Y ago

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 ...
AstroCompute · 1Y ago

The SAMI Data Archive: A Prototype of An Archive of the Future?

Astronomy data sets are not simply exploding in size – they are exploding in complexity too. Witness the data sets obtained from integral-field spectroscopy (IFS).  While the Sydney-AAO Mult...
AstroCompute · 1Y ago

How Does An Astronomer Become A Data Scientist?

I have been asked this question by several junior colleagues, so I thought my answer might be valuable to a broader audience. In particular, these young scientists were keen to learn how the...
AstroCompute · 1Y ago

Exploring the dark universe with supercomputers: article in symmetry magazine

The other day, I accidentally came across the on-line magazine symmetry (yes, it’s lower case!) which posts articles in the fields of particle physics and related topics, such as dark matter...
AstroCompute · 1Y ago

SciCoder Presents: Developing Larger Software Projects

I am here at the 227th meeting of the American Astronomical Society (AAS) in Kissimmee, Florida. In the past few years, these semi-annual meetings have offered professional development class...
AstroCompute · 1Y ago

VO Interfaces at the CSIRO ASKAP Science Data Archive (CASDA).

This week, I am reporting on a presentation I heard by James Dempsey of CSIRO at the IVOA meeting in Sydney, November 2015. You can download the presentation at the meeting site here. ASKAP ...
AstroCompute · 1Y ago

A New Data Archive for Gemini – Fast, Cheap and in the Cloud

I must congratulate my colleague Paul Hirst at Gemini – he is to my knowledge the first astronomer to use “cheap” and “cloud” in the same title. His talk on building a new archive for the Ge...
AstroCompute · 1Y ago

Petascale Data Management in Solar Physics: Approach of the DKIST Data Center

While attending the ADASS XXV meeting in Sydney, I heard this excellent presentation by Steve Berukoff 0n data management at the National Solar Obervatory’s Daniel K. Inouye Solar Telescope,...