Who are we?
The Technical Operations and R&D group at JIVE is responsible for several things - but in general the tasks revolve around developing, maintining and improving software, hardware, and network, to be able to advise and help internal and external users doing their VLBI thing®. It is not all software though.
The group currently has eight (8) staff members coming from a variety of scientific disciplines: mathematics, computer science, applied- as well as theoretical physics and even the odd astronomer can be spotted amongst the ranks.
Concrete tasks and software projects are:
- responsible for the JIVE Software Correlator SFXC - e.g. enabling its unique science and real-time VLBI capabilities
- the pySCHED VLBI scheduling software - wrapping and incrementally replacing well-tested FORTRAN with modern Python,
- development of VLBI functionality in the CASA such as fringefitting, adding calibration information, a Jupytercasa kernel enabling notebook data reduction, and a standalone MeasurementSet plotting tool,
- the jive5ab software for Mark5, Mark6 and FlexBuff high-speed data recorders and (intercontinental) data transfers through m5copy,
- supporting the Operations group at JIVE, build or assist in building tools to operate the European VLBI Network in all observing modes: recorded, real-time or recorded real-time; pre- and post correlation tools such as station log file processing, antab generation, data inspection and export to FITS files etc.,
- supporting the hardware, infrastructure, and configuration of the compute cluster, FlexBuff storage servers, Mark6 data transfer servers, and redundant internal network; all necessary to correlate data from the telescopes efficiently in all observing modes
- hosting and maintaining the EVN "coms" Mattermost installation that is used to communicate during real-time observations. Please contact XXXX to request access.
- provide hard- and software support hosting the archive of all EVN data since the JIVE data processor was officially inaugurated on 22 October 1998