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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 Astronomy.

The Linux for Astronomy CD-ROM contains a release of AIPS.

Current Version:   15APR98

License Type:   GPL,

Home Site:

Source Code Availability: Yes, (follow the link in Home Site)

Available Binary Packages:

  • Debian Package: No
  • RedHat RPM Package: No
  • Other Packages: No

Targeted Platforms:

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.

Software/Hardware Requirements:

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.

Other Links:

Mailing Lists/USENET News Groups:

A closed, moderated, majordomo-run list called bananas can be jointed by sending mail to with "subscribe bananas" or "subscribe bananas-digest" in the list.
News Group alt.sci.astro.aips

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