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New Software for Ensemble Creation in the Spitzer Space Telescope Operations Database

Laher, Russ and Rector, John (2005) New Software for Ensemble Creation in the Spitzer Space Telescope Operations Database. In: Astronomical Data Analysis Software and Systems XIV. ASP Conference Series. No.347. Astronomical Society of the Pacific , San Francisco, CA, pp. 39-42. ISBN 1-58381-215-6

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Some of the computer pipelines used to process digital astronomical images from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope require multiple input images, in order to generate high-level science and calibration products. The images are grouped into ensembles according to well-documented ensemble-creation rules by making explicit associations in the operations Informix database at the Spitzer Science Center (SSC). The advantage of this approach is that a simple database query can retrieve the required ensemble of pipeline input images. New and improved software for ensemble creation has been developed. The new software is much faster than the existing software because it uses pre-compiled database stored procedures written in Informix SPL (SQL programming language). The new software is also more flexible because the ensemble-creation rules are now stored in and read from newly defined database tables. This table-driven approach was implemented so that ensemble rules can be inserted, updated, or deleted without modifying software.

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