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16 December 2002 yourSky: rapid desktop access to custom astronomical image mosaics
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The yourSky custom astronomical image mosaicking software has a Web portal architecture that allows access via ordinary desktop computers with low bandwidth network connections to high performance and highly customizable mosaicking software deployed in a high performance computing and communications environment. The emphasis is on custom access to image mosaics constructed from terabytes of raw image data stored in remote archives. In this context, custom access refers to new technology that enables on the fly mosaicking to meet user-specified criteria for region of the sky to be mosaicked, datasets to be used, resolution, coordinate system, projection, data type and image format. The yourSky server is a fully automated end-to-end system that handles all aspects of the mosaic construction. This includes management of mosaic requests, determining which input images are required to fulfill each request, management of a data cache for both input image plates and output mosaics, retrieval of input image plates from massive remote archives, image mosaic construction on a multiprocessor system, and making the result accessible to the user on the desktop. The URL for yourSky is
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Joseph C. Jacob, Robert J. Brunner, David W. Curkendall, Stan George Djorgovski, John C. Good, Laura Husman, George Kremenek, and Ashish Mahabal "yourSky: rapid desktop access to custom astronomical image mosaics", Proc. SPIE 4846, Virtual Observatories, (16 December 2002);

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