SolarSoftWare from the Lockheed Martin Solar and Astrophysics Laboratory
Entry ID: LMSAL_SOLARSOFT
Abstract: SolarSoft is a set of integrated software libraries, data bases, and system
utilities which provide a common programming and data analysis environment for
Solar Physics. The SolarSoftWare (SSW) system is built from Yohkoh, SOHO, SDAC
and Astronomy libraries and draws upon contributions from many members of those
projects. It is primarily an IDL (Interactive Data Language) based system,
although ... some instrument teams integrate executables written in other
languages. The SSW environment provides a consistent look and feel at widely
distributed co-investigator institutions to facilitate data exchange and to
stimulate coordinated analysis. Commonalities and overlap in solar data and
analysis goals are exploited to permit application of fundamental utilities to
the data from many different solar instruments. The use of common libraries,
utilities, techniques and interfaces minimizes the learning curve for
investigators who are analyzing new solar data sets, correlating results from
multiple experiments or performing research away from their home institution.
Some of the primary goals of the SSW system are:
- Provide a large reusable SW library;
- Provide a system which is largely hardware-system and site independent;
- Promote the use of certain standards which facilitate coordinated data;
- Promote an evolutionary environment;
- Provide access to supporting ancillary data bases;
- Provide a file-format independent analysis environment.
Bentley, R.D., and Freeland, S.L., 1998, "SOLARSOFT - An Analysis Environment
for Solar Physics", in Proceedings of "A Crossroad for European Solar and
Heliospheric Physics", Puerto de la Cruz, Tenerife, Canary Islands, Spain,
March 23-27 1998, ESA Publication SP 417, Editors E.R. Priest, F.
Moreno-Insertisd, R.A. Harris, p. 225
Freeland, S.L., and Handy, B.N., 1998, "Data Analysis with the SolarSoft
System", Solar Physics, 182, 497.
Freeland, S.L. and Bentley, R.D., 2000, "SolarSoft", Encyclopedia of Astronomy
and Astrophysics, Inst of Physics Publishing.
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