Saturday, March 28, 2009

Computing with GPUs

There is web site all about using GPUs for general purpose computing. One particularly useful looking article goes into some of the options and issues of coding for GPUs.

Friday, March 13, 2009

problem with extractor5.09

In the course of Suzaku pipeline testing Lorella spotted a problem I introduced during the attempted speed-up of the fixwmp routine. Pixels with non-zero counts show up even within the part of the region which is supposed to be set to -1.

The particular case of Suzaku demonstrated a conceptual issue here. Those pixels showing up within the supposed excluded region are real events. What is happening is that the region is defined in sky coordinates but the WMAP is written in detector coordinates. I calculate a conversion to determine which WMAP pixels are within the image region however it is a time-averaged solution. In the pre-5.09 version the satellite attitude wobble results in some events being incorrectly excluded from the WMAP. It was these events that the 5.09 version actually included however they are potentially confusing to users.

The fix is checked in as v5.10.

Monday, March 02, 2009

xselect and Chandra grating data

Jane Turner reported that the current version of xselect fails to read Chandra HETG evt2 data. This is due to a bug in xsel_mdb.f which I think only matters for Chandra grating files.