Within the RadioNet consortium I am the PI of the ALBUS
project. RadioNet is an I3 funded under the EU FP6 programme. You can
find an overview of RadioNet
activities on line. One of the activities (Joint Research
Activity) is a project on Advanced Long-Baseline User Software
(ALBUS). An overview of its contents is maintained on the wiki page.
In particular we are producing a Python interface for the classic
AIPS package. This is now
generally available and described (I wouldn't say documented).
Together with Tom Oosterloo (ASTRON) I will be teaching an
"interacademiaal college" on Interferometry. We are planning to have a
series of lectures on every second week in Utrecht during spring
2006. In the afternoons we have either guest lectures or "practica",
on which Haley Bignall (JIVE) is assisting. All the information and registration
can be found here.
Together with Jodrell Bank Observatory, the Max Planck
Institute for Radio-astronomy, Onsala Space Observatory, the
Radio-astronomy Institute in Bologna and ASTRON we are part
of the Marie-Curie Early Stage Training programme ESTRELA. I am the coordinator for
this at JIVE and part of the management team. Students coming to JIVE
are expected to be based in Leiden or Groningen.
This stands for Future Arrays of Broadband Radio-telescopes over
Internet Computing. It is the Joint Research Activity in
EXPReS, a funded EU project to start in March 2006. EXPReS will focus on
turning eVLBI into an operational system, while FABRIC will study the
possibilities beyond 1 Gbps. Its main two lines of research and development
are a 4 Gbps data acquisition system and distributed correlation on Grid computing.
I am involved in a project to connect the JCMT (and CSO) to the SMA.
There is some general
description of the project. In addition I should make my photos,
talks and reports available.
The software group at JIVE has the responsibility for maintaining and
upgrading the EVN MkIV data processor at JIVE. The current
developments include upgrading the correlator for eVLBI. In addition
the PCInt project is ongoing. This is upgrading the capacity of the
data processor in several phases. The spectral capacity of the correlator
enhanced by introducing recirculation. Within the scope of the ALBUS
project we are introducing phase cal to the operational environment and
we are enhancing the accountability of the data processor by making the
model components avialable to the output data streams.