INTRODUCTION | SOFTWARE PACKAGES INSTALLED ON THE CLUSTER | USER MANUAL

SWscientifico

IASF-Bologna is actively involved in many astrophysical projects operating in different energy bands which allow to observe the Universe from microwaves to gamma-rays.
The reduction of raw data collected by a satellite (or by a ground-based telescope) and the successive analysis require the installation of particular scientific softwares and relative libraries on the users laptop or pc.
However, the users who wish to analyze data from different satellites without installing every time the specific software can do the analysis by exploiting the softwares installed on the Institutes cluster after logging in into the front-end server “tonno” or “bitonno” with her/his own username and password.
The table below lists the public scientific softwares and relative libraries already installed on the cluster.

Besides the compilers like GCC, the MPI libraries, the scientific computation libraries and the astrophysical data access libraries (e.g. Cfitsio and HEALPIX), scientific softwares for the reduction of the data from several astrophysical missions are also installed.

In particular:
the Scientific Analysis System (SAS), is the data reduction package of the XMM-Newton satellite that works in the 2-10 keV band;
another satellite that operates in the same energy band is Chandra, whose data reduction package is CIAO (Chandra Interactive Analysis of Observations);
the HEAsoft package provides several tools for the scientific analysis, in particular the ftools that, above all that, allow to perform the reduction of Suzaku and Swift data.

Other packages installed are:
OSA (Integral Off-Line Scientific Analysis) for the INTEGRAL satellite;
Fermi Science Tools for the Fermi-LAT gamma-ray analysis.

The HEAsoft package provides also XSPEC, that is a spectral fitting package for X-ray data. Other possible packages are SHERPA within CIAO or SPEX, particularly suitable for high-resolution X-ray spectral analysis.

Recently, also the IRAF (Image Reduction and Analysis Facility) and pyIRAF packages have been installed for the analysis of optical and infrared data.
For every scientific package the proper calibration files are available and periodically updated.
Finally, the user can exploit i) the scientific data visualization packages like ds9, gnuplot, smongo, etc. and/or ii) the scientific softwares for computation and simulations like IDL, MATHEMATICA and Geant.

The user can also use computational codes and store proprietary data in the Insitutes cluster. The privacy of both data and softwares is guaranteed, as it already occurs for the the Planck and Agile missions.

For problems with the packages already installed, or to update/install a software please contact torresi@iasfbo.inaf.it and derosa@iasfbo.inaf.it.