NRAO End to End Operations
NRAO End to End Operations provides centralized
coordination and management of software development and user support
activities across the Observatory. Our mission is to continually broaden
access to NRAO facilities by promoting common systems and ease of
use to the scientific user community.
NRAO End to End Operations relies on the work and contributions of dozens
of scientists and software engineers throughout the Observatory. Key
contributors include Lorant Sjouwerman (lead for NVAS, and archive
subsystem scientist for VLA and VLBA), Tony Remijan (archive subsystem
scientist for GBT/12m/140ft), John Benson (archive lead), Michael
Rupen (VLA/EVLA science), Dana Balser (GBT science), Doug Tody (long
term VO issues), Jared
Crossley (archive and pipeline support), Eric Sessoms (free text
search for the archive), Michael Remijan (spectra browser), the entire
CASA development team, and the guys
at Open Sky Software
Fomalont provides high-level science oversight.
Work In Progress
- Proposal Submission Tool (PST) Upgrade
- NRAO is currently working on a substantial upgrade to its proposal
submission tool, in response to many of the comments we received from
users after the February and June deadlines. Coming September 2007.
- CASA Beta Release
- Common Astronomy Software Applications (CASA) is the library
of tools and tasks being developed primarily to support the ALMA
pipeline and offline data reduction, but also fundamental EVLA modes. This
release will demonstrate most of the expected functionality
in a basic interferometry data reduction package, applying a Python-based
command line interface, to give future users of ALMA and EVLA a look at
how they can interact with their data. Coming
- Archive v2.0
- NRAO is working on a centralized dashboard where you can easily
gain access to all of your "stuff", whether it's proposals, PI data in the
archive, or information about the scheduling for your next observation.
Coming Fall 2007
Services & Events
- Archive Tools
- The NRAO VLA Archive Survey (NVAS) Images Pilot
- This project is derived from work started by Lorant Sjouwerman in
- Since Fall 2006, we have been refining the VLA pipeline using raw
data from the archive. The result is now over 42,000
images of 8000+ sky positions.
- An image of all the sky positions for which zeroth order pipeline
processed data is now available is below.
- Do a Quick
Image Search now.
- Algorithm R & D
We are planning to host an Algorithm Research & Development
Workshop in mid-November 2007 . Stay tuned for details. The event will
be open to any NRAO professional staff member working on algorithm
development, with limited openings available for attendees from other
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