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Paper: A Common Data Processing Model for HST and JWST
Volume: 485, Astronomical Data Analysis Software and Systems XXIII
Page: 363
Authors: Swam, M.; Pierfederici, F.; Gaffney, N. I.
Abstract: Experience gained in operating and maintaining the Hubble Space Telescope (HST) data processing system is providing valuable lessons-learned to apply to the design of the data processing model for the James Webb Space Telescope (JWST). This paper will describe the aspects of a new common processing model that will be applied to both missions. A refactoring of HST data processing to fit this model will introduce flexibility to meet future processing needs, and reliability improvements through updated technologies not present in the current OPUS-based system. Adoption of the model by JWST will result in a proven data processing infrastructure, with years of operational use already completed under HST, by the start of JWST mission operations in 2018. Advantages will also be seen by the unified operations team managing both the HST and JWST data processing systems, who will see a common model applied to both missions, simplifying their daily duties of pipeline monitoring and control. None of the aspects of this model are particular to HST or JWST, so the model may have general applicability to other missions as well.
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