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Paper: GaiaGrid : Its Implications and Implementation
Volume: 347, Astronomical Data Analysis Software and Systems XIV
Page: 429
Authors: Ansari, S.G.; Lammers, U.; ter Linden, S.
Abstract: Gaia is an ESA space mission to determine positions of 1 billion objects in the Galaxy at micro-arcsecond precision. The data analysis and processing requirements of the mission involves about 20 institutes across Europe, each providing specific algorithms for specific tasks, which range from relativistic effects on positional determination, classification, astrometric binary star detection, photometric analysis, spectroscopic analysis etc. In an initial phase, a study has been ongoing over the past three years to determine the complexity of Gaia's data processing. Two processing categories have materialised: core and shell. While core deals with routine data processing, shell tasks are algorithms to carry out data analysis, which involves the Gaia Community at large. For this latter category, we are currently experimenting with use of Grid paradigms to allow access to the core data and to augment processing power to simulate and analyse the data in preparation for the actual mission. We present preliminary results and discuss the sociological impact of distributing the tasks amongst the community.
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