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The HARPS-N archive through a Cassandra, NoSQL database suite?
Author(s): Emilio Molinari; Jose Guerra; Avet Harutyunyan; Marcello Lodi; Adrian Martin
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Paper Abstract

The TNG-INAF is developing the science archive for the WEAVE instrument. The underlying architecture of the archive is based on a non relational database, more precisely, on Apache Cassandra cluster, which uses a NoSQL technology. In order to test and validate the use of this architecture, we created a local archive which we populated with all the HARPSN spectra collected at the TNG since the instrument's start of operations in mid-2012, as well as developed tools for the analysis of this data set. The HARPS-N data set is two orders of magnitude smaller than WEAVE, but we want to demonstrate the ability to walk through a complete data set and produce scientific output, as valuable as that produced by an ordinary pipeline, though without accessing directly the FITS files. The analytics is done by Apache Solr and Spark and on a relational PostgreSQL database. As an example, we produce observables like metallicity indexes for the targets in the archive and compare the results with the ones coming from the HARPS-N regular data reduction software. The aim of this experiment is to explore the viability of a high availability cluster and distributed NoSQL database as a platform for complex scientific analytics on a large data set, which will then be ported to the WEAVE Archive System (WAS) which we are developing for the WEAVE multi object, fiber spectrograph.

Paper Details

Date Published: 26 July 2016
PDF: 8 pages
Proc. SPIE 9913, Software and Cyberinfrastructure for Astronomy IV, 99132A (26 July 2016); doi: 10.1117/12.2233137
Show Author Affiliations
Emilio Molinari, Telescopio Nazionale Galileo (Spain)
INAF-IASF-Milano (Italy)
Jose Guerra, Telescopio Nazionale Galileo (Spain)
Avet Harutyunyan, Telescopio Nazionale Galileo (Spain)
Marcello Lodi, Telescopio Nazionale Galileo (Spain)
Adrian Martin, Telescopio Nazionale Galileo (Spain)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 9913:
Software and Cyberinfrastructure for Astronomy IV
Gianluca Chiozzi; Juan C. Guzman, Editor(s)

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