27 June 2006 Interconnecting astronomical networks: evolving from single networks to meta-networks
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Proceedings Volume 6274, Advanced Software and Control for Astronomy; 627409 (2006); doi: 10.1117/12.671686
Event: SPIE Astronomical Telescopes + Instrumentation, 2006, Orlando, Florida , United States
Abstract
Over the past four years we have seen continued advancement in network technology and how those technologies are beginning to enable astronomical science. Even though some sociological aspects are hindering full cooperation between most observatories and telescopes outside of their academic or institutional connections, an unprecedented step during the summer of 2005 was taken towards creating a world-wide interconnection of astronomical assets. The Telescope Alert Operations Network System (TALONS), a centralized server/client bi-directional network developed and operated by Los Alamos National Laboratory, integrated one of its network nodes with a node from the eScience Telescopes for Astronomical Research (eSTAR), a peer-to-peer agent based network developed and operated by The University of Exeter. Each network can act independently, providing support for their direct clients, and by interconnection provide local clients with access to; outside telescope systems, software tools unavailable locally, and the ability to utilize assets far more efficiently, thereby enabling science on a world-wide scale. In this paper we will look at the evolution of these independent networks into the worlds first heterogeneous telescope network and where this may take astronomy in the future. We will also examine those key elements necessary to providing universal communication between diverse astronomical networks.
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R. R. White, A. Allan, S. Evans, W. T. Vestrand, J. Wren, P. Wozniak, "Interconnecting astronomical networks: evolving from single networks to meta-networks", Proc. SPIE 6274, Advanced Software and Control for Astronomy, 627409 (27 June 2006); doi: 10.1117/12.671686; https://doi.org/10.1117/12.671686
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