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Simple Application Messaging Protocol
Version 1.2

IVOA Recommendation 16 December 2010

Interest/Working Group:
http://www.ivoa.net/twiki/bin/view/IVOA/IvoaApplications
Author(s):
M. Taylor, T. Boch, M. Fitzpatrick, A. Allan, L. Paioro, J. Taylor, D. Tody
Editor(s):
T. Boch, M. Fitzpatrick, M. Taylor

Abstract

SAMP is a messaging protocol that enables astronomy software tools to interoperate and communicate. IVOA members have recognised that building a monolithic tool that attempts to fulfil all the requirements of all users is impractical, and it is a better use of our limited resources to enable individual tools to work together better. One element of this is defining common file formats for the exchange of data between different applications. Another important component is a messaging system that enables the applications to share data and take advantage of each other's functionality. SAMP builds on the success of a prior messaging protocol, PLASTIC, which has been in use since 2006 in over a dozen astronomy applications and has proven popular with users and developers. It is also intended to form a framework for more general messaging requirements.

Status of this document

This document has been produced by the Applications Interest Group.
It has been reviewed by IVOA Members and other interested parties, and has been endorsed by the IVOA Executive Committee as an IVOA Recommendation. It is a stable document and may be used as reference material or cited as a normative reference from another document. IVOA's role in making the Recommendation is to draw attention to the specification and to promote its widespread deployment. This enhances the functionality and interoperability inside the Astronomical Community.



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