VST and VISTA survey monitoring and visualization at European Southern Observatory

Marcos, Diego

Introducing SVMT, the new tool for visualization and monitoring of the VST and VISTA surveys at European Southern Observatory (ESO). This solution presents two ingredients: First, a client based on Stellarium, the open software planetarium that provides a usable graphical interface to visualize and interact with astronomical data. Second, a server side multidimensional query engine. We have put a special effort on implementing a framework easily adaptable to different datasets and future contexts with similar needs. As software engineers we emphasized the development of a carefully designed, fully documented and clean codebase completely based on free software technologies (Qt, CherryPy, Tokyo Cabinet...) In this presentation we will demo the different capabilities of the tool, we will give an in-depth insight of the architecture and show how the proposed infrastructure can be adopted by other scenarios.

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