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27 June 2006 What do telescopes, databases, and compute clusters have in common?
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Linking ground based telescopes with astronomical satellites, and using the emerging field of intelligent agent architectures to provide crucial autonomous decision making in software, we have combined data archives and research class robotic telescopes along with distributed computing nodes to build an ad-hoc peer-to-peer heterogeneous network of resources. The eSTAR Project* uses intelligent agent technologies to carry out resource discovery, submit observation requests and analyze the reduced data returned from a meta-network of robotic telescopes. We present the current operations paradigm of the eSTAR network and describe the direction of in which the project intends to develop over the next several years. We also discuss the challenges facing the project, including the very real sociological one of user acceptance.
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A. Allan, A. Adamson, B. Cavanagh, F. Economou, S. Fraser, T. Jenness, C. Mottram, T. Naylor, E. S. Saunders, I. A. Steele, W. T. Vestrand, R. R. White, and P. R Wozniak "What do telescopes, databases, and compute clusters have in common?", Proc. SPIE 6274, Advanced Software and Control for Astronomy, 627408 (27 June 2006);


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