Australian Astronomical Observatory

Miscellaneous Information

Miscellaneous Information

Abstract Reference: 31107
Identifier: T1
Presentation: Tutorial
Key Theme: 2 Management of Scientific and Data Analysis Projects

Everything you’ve heard about Agile development is wrong

O'Toole Simon

I propose an educational session on Agile software development. There are many astronomical projects where using Agile methods can lead to great efficiency gains. This is especially important in a time of ever-limited resources. I will put to rest many of the misconceptions about Agile and provide an overview of the various Agile methodologies. The main focus of the session will be to introduce the common Agile techniques and the basics of prioritisation and timeboxing. The goal of the tutorial is to teach skills that can be incorporated into new, and even existing, astronomical software projects.


Abstract Reference: 30791
Identifier: P3.10
Presentation: Poster presentation
Key Theme: 3 New Trends in HPC and Distributed Computing

TAPping into Hadoop with AAO Data Central

O'Toole Simon, Green Andy, Harischandra Lloyd, Mannering Liz, Sealey Katrina, Vuong Minh

We present AAO Data Central, an astronomical data archive using Apache Hadoop that incorporates a TAP service, a RESTful API, as well as a web frontend. Hadoop allows us to query data using SQL syntax, however the underlying system uses an object oriented data model to manage heterogeneous datasets, rather than a more traditional relational model. AAO Data Central will initially host the SAMI Survey Data Release 1 and the GAMA survey Data Release 2, with all AAT and UKST surveys eventually being hosted in the system. We will discuss the technical details and challenges of our system.