LANL Abstract: Theory in a Virtual Observatory

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Date: Sun Jan 20 2002 - 06:33:30 MST

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From: Peter Teuben <>
Date: Mon, 26 Nov 2001 14:55:59 GMT (26kb)

Theory in a Virtual Observatory

Authors: Peter Teuben, Dave DeYoung, Piet Hut, Stuart Levy, Jun Makino,
Steve McMillan, Simon Portegies Zwart, Shawn Slavin
Comments: 4 pages, ADASS-XI conference, this http URL

     During the last couple of years, observers have started to make
     plans for a Virtual Observatory, as a federation of existing data
     bases, connected through levels of software that enable rapid
     searches, correlations, and various forms of data mining. We
     propose to extend the notion of a Virtual Observatory by adding
     archives of simulations, together with interactive query and
     visualization capabilities, as well as ways to simulate
     observations of simulations in order to compare them with
     observations. For this purpose, we have already organized two
     small workshops, earlier in 2001, in Tucson and Aspen. We have
     also provided concrete examples of theory data, designed to be
     federated with a Virtual Observatory. These data stem from a
     project to construct an archive for our large-scale simulations
     using the GRAPE-6 (a 32-Teraflops special purpose computer for
     stellar dynamics). We are constructing interfaces by which remote
     observers can observe these simulations. In addition, these data
     will enable detailed comparisons between different simulations.

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