Starlink

The Starlink Project was a long running UK Project supporting astronomical data processing. It was shut down in 2005 but the software continues to be developed at the Joint Astronomy Centre and is open source.

Starlink News was last updated 2013 April 15.

Getting the Software

The Joint Astronomy Centre has made a number of Releases. The most recent is 2014A which can be downloaded from here where installation instructions are also provided.

For a cutting edge version, you can rsync from the Joint Astronomy Centre's build.

Getting Support

The original Starlink web site has been mothballed but additional support can be found:

There is also information on the Starlink wikipedia entry.

Announcements about Starlink software releases by the Joint Astronomy Centre will be made on the starlink-announce mailing list. To subscribe, visit the starlink-announce webpage.

Support Pages for Starlink Applications and Libraries

Some Starlink applications and libraries have associated support pages:

Developing the software

The source code is freely available. Development and build questions can be asked on the Starlink development mailing list

The source code is directly available from a Git source code repository. Download the source code:

 % git clone git://github.com/Starlink/starlink.git

or (much slower but may work with some firewalls)

 % git clone https://github.com/Starlink/starlink.git

You can download Git from its home page. A Git primer is available along with the Starlink Git development policies. The bulk of the collection is distributed under the GNU Public Licence, and the remainder under the old Starlink Licence.

Refer to the code in individual packages for more information.

We are trying to write new code in C rather than Fortran since this gives us much more flexibility in terms of threading and compilers. If you are a Fortran programmer familiar with Starlink programming some useful hints are available.

Primarily for local consumption, we also have a list of steps to take when making a release.

History

If you are interested in the history of Starlink there is a lot of documentation available.

Starlink: WelcomePage (last edited 2014-07-25 08:29:35 by MalcolmCurrie)