The Astronomical Image Processing System (AIPS) is a software package
for calibration, data analysis, image display, plotting, and a
variety of ancillary tasks on Astronomical Data. It comes from the
National Radio Astronomy Observatory. It is primarily for Radio
The Linux for Astronomy CD-ROM contains a release of AIPS.
Current Version: 15APR98
License Type: GPL, http://www.cv.nrao.edu/aips/COPYING.html
Source Code Availability: Yes, (follow the link in Home Site)
Available Binary Packages:
- Debian Package: No
- RedHat RPM Package: No
- Other Packages: No
It was originally written to be platform independent, though in the
last decade it has become increasingly more useful on Unix systems and
less useful, e.g. on VMS. AIPS provides source code, and binaries for
Linux/Intel, SunOS (4 and 5 separately)/Sparc, Digital Unix/Alpha, Silicon
Graphics Irix, and IBM RS/6000 AIX. It also works on HP-UX and Ultrix,
though there are no binaries for either.
For Linux/ELF (no a.out binary): 300 Mbytes disk if you want all the
source code and one set of binaries (the system can accomodate multiple architectures
under the same "aips root" directory), not counting space for your astronomical data;
16 Mbytes memory minimum, better with 32; 16 Mbytes swap minimum, better with more;
Intel 486/33 (DX) or better. It'll run on lesser hardware (the
initial Linux port was done on a 386/25!) but it'll be quite slow.
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