Leo Singer (NASA/GSFC): "General Coordinates Network (GCN): NASA's Next Generation Time-Domain and Multimessenger Astronomy Alert System"


The Gamma-ray Coordinates Network (GCN) is a public collaboration platform run by NASA for the astronomy research community to share alerts and rapid communications about high-energy, multimessenger, and transient phenomena. Over the past 30 years, GCN has helped enable many seminal advances by disseminating observations, quantitative near-term predictions, requests for follow-up observations, and observing plans. GCN distributes alerts between space- and ground-based observatories, physics experiments, and thousands of astronomers around the world. With new transient instruments from across the electromagnetic spectrum and multimessenger facilities, this coordination effort is more important and complex than ever. I introduce the General Coordinates Network, the modern evolution of GCN built on modern, open-source, reliable, and secure technologies, and deployed in the cloud. The new GCN is based on Apache Kafka, the same alert streaming technology that has been adopted by the Vera C. Rubin observatory and the Zwicky Transient Facility. In this talk, I will discuss the status and design of the new GCN, how it fits in to supporting NASA's astrophysics fleet, lessons learned and challenges, and new capabilities to support the fourth gravitational-wave observing run (O4) with LIGO, Virgo, and KAGRA.

Date: 12:15 PM, April 26th, 2023
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Category: Science Talk