Grid-Enabled Interactive Data Language for Astronomical Data

Award Information
Agency:
National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Branch:
N/A
Amount:
$99,906.00
Award Year:
2007
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase I
Contract:
NNX07CA21P
Agency Tracking Number:
066295
Solicitation Year:
2006
Solicitation Topic Code:
S8.02
Solicitation Number:
N/A
Small Business Information
Tech-X Corporation
5621 Arapahoe Ave, Suite A, Boulder, CO, 80303-1379
Hubzone Owned:
N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
806486692
Principal Investigator
 Svetlana Shasharina
 Principal Investigator
 (720) 563-0322
 sveta@txcorp.com
Business Contact
 Laurence Nelson
Title: Business Official
Phone: (720) 974-1856
Email: lnelson@txcorp.com
Research Institution
N/A
Abstract
Grid technologies provide a valuable solution for data intensive scientific applications but are not readily available for astronomical data and Interactive Data Language (IDL) widely used in astronomy. There is a need for tools allowing IDL and astronomical data to interoperate with Grids. Tech-X Corporation proposes to develop a set of tools, GRIDL, for accessing and manipulating of distributed astronomical data via IDL clients. GRIDL will automate generation of the IDL clients of Web Services for analysis and visualization of astronomical data and provide services for running parallel and serial IDL processes on Grids facilitating astronomical data analysis. In Phase I we will develop a prototype of GRIDL working with Flexible Image Transport System (FITS). Based on the mapping of FITS data types to the Web Services Definition Language, we will implement a prototype Web Service with an IDL client for accessing remote FITS data and develop a prototype Web Service for running parallel IDL processes on a Grid. Our approach is based on the ability IDL to call external C and Java and the Grid interoperability with these languages. In Phase II we will fully implement the GRIDL and include other data formats common in astronomy.

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