8, August 2014

ESA Open Invitation To Tender AO7467
Open Date: 04/04/2013
Closing Date: 30/05/2013

Status: ISSUED
Reference Nr.: 12.167.04
Prog. Ref.: Research & Scien. S
Budget Ref.: E/0429-01 – Research & Scien. S
Special Prov.: POR
Tender Type: C
Price Range: 200-500 KEURO
Establishment: ESTEC
Directorate: Directorate of Science & Robotic Explor.
Department: Science OperationsDepartment
Contract Officer: Elena Katsampani
Last Update Date: 04/04/2013
Update Reason: Tender issue

The contract will tackle an important item missing from the ESA’s current software model for its space science missions, namely thelong-term preservation of scientific data analysis software. Once a project has finished and its specialist operational and softwareengineering personnel have dispersed, new technologies can enable long-term preservation of the data analysis software as computeroperating systems evolve. The work is an initial study that will entail four steps: first, cast the data analysis software of two current and two historical ESA missions into Virtual Machines (VMs); second, prototype tools to perform data analysis in VMs for standard and expert users; third, benchmark VM performance in different computing environments; and fourth, assess the prospects of a general solution for the long-term preservation of data analysis software for all ESA space science missions.

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