This week, I attended the “Innovations in Data Intensive Astronomy” Workshop, hosted by NRAO at Green Bank, West Virginia. The workshop aimed to “.. encourage new ideas for the effective processing, analysis, and interpretation of Tera- to Peta-scale data sets and to promote the establishment of collaborations to develop those ideas.”
The workshop had 40+ attendees, and was broadcast on UStream, where you can listen to some of the talks. I gave an invited talk (Note: 36 MB!) which described how Montage was one of the applications used to investigate the cost and performance of cloud computing in running science applications.
Brian Kent of NRAO described how he used Montage to derive the 21 cm map in neutral image that forms the banner of this blog. He described how mosaics such as this were essential to understanding the behavior of the sky, but their scale was straining the current generation of visualization tools.