The Zwicky Transient Facility Alert Distribution System

@article{Patterson2019TheZT,
  title={The Zwicky Transient Facility Alert Distribution System},
  author={M. T. Patterson and E. Bellm and B. Rusholme and F. Masci and M. Juric and K. Krughoff and V. Golkhou and M. Graham and S. Kulkarni and G. Helou},
  journal={arXiv: Instrumentation and Methods for Astrophysics},
  year={2019}
}
  • M. T. Patterson, E. Bellm, +7 authors G. Helou
  • Published 2019
  • Computer Science, Physics
  • arXiv: Instrumentation and Methods for Astrophysics
  • The Zwicky Transient Facility (ZTF) survey generates real-time alerts for optical transients, variables, and moving objects discovered in its wide-field survey. We describe the ZTF alert stream distribution and processing (filtering) system. The system uses existing open-source technologies developed in industry: Kafka, a real-time streaming platform, and Avro, a binary serialization format. The technologies used in this system provide a number of advantages for the ZTF use case, including (1… CONTINUE READING
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