VISTA data flow system: overview

James P. Emerson, Mike J. Irwin, Jim Lewis, Simon Hodgkin, Dafydd Evans, Peter Bunclark, Richard McMahon, Nigel C. Hambly, Robert G. Mann, Ian Bond, Eckhard Sutorius, Michael Read, Peredur Williams, Andrew Lawrence, Malcolm Stewart

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Abstract

Data from the two IR survey cameras WFCAM (at UKIRT in the northern hemisphere) and VISTA (at ESO in the southern hemisphere) can arrive at rates approaching 1.4 TB/night for of order 10 years. Handling the data rates on a nightly basis, and the volumes of survey data accumulated over time each present new challenges. The approach adopted by the UK's VISTA Data Flow System (for WFCAM & VISTA data) is outlined, emphasizing how the design will meet the end-to-end requirements of the system, from on-site monitoring of the quality of the data acquired, removal of instrumental artefacts, astrometric and photometric calibration, to accessibility of curated and user-specified data products in the context of the Virtual Observatory. Accompanying papers by Irwin et al and Hambly et al detail the design of the pipeline and science archive aspects of the project.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationOptimizing Scientific Return for Astronomy through Information Technologies
Pages401-410
Volume5493
Publication statusPublished - 1 Sep 2004

Publication series

NameProceedings of the SPIE

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