Tile-compressed FITS Kernel for IRAF

Seaman, Rob

IRAF's original FITS image kernel was a complex interface of purpose-built procedures that presented growing maintenance issues and lacked recent FITS innovations. A new FITS kernel has been developed at NOAO that is layered on the CFITSIO library from NASA/GSFC. The simplified interface minimizes maintenance headaches and adds important new features such as support for the FITS tile-compression ("fpack") format. Noteworthy requirements are discussed.

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