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Software Forum

In European radio astronomy, a number of significant developments are taking place (e-MERLIN, e-EVN, WSRT upgrade, focal plane arrays, Astrophysical Virtual Observatory, LOFAR, SKA) that will lead to important increases in capabilities, performance and output of radio astronomical facilities. These developments include a significant software effort in order to match the improvements in hardware. There is large overlap between the various projects in relevant software issues with regard to architecture, algorithms and implementation. A forum is required in which common software issues can be discussed and studied. Such a forum would facilitate common approaches and cross fertilization between different groups and would enable various problems to be addressed more efficiently. Workshops will be organized at various RadioNet facilities in turn in order to allow the user community to get involved in the specification and requirements of software.

The objectives of the Software Forum are to facilitate and stimulate coordinated discussion and study of software issues relevant for the European radio astronomical facilities. This is done by:

Specific areas of attention are:

The Software Chair/Vice-chair are A. Roy (MPIfR) and T. Oosterloo (ASTRON) /

More information can be found on the wiki page SoftwareForumWikiPage.