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Simple Application Messaging Protocol
Version 1.3

IVOA Working Draft 12 May 2011

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, J. Fay
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 is an IVOA Working Draft for review by IVOA members and other interested parties.
It is a draft document and may be updated, replaced, or obsoleted by other documents at any time.It is inappropriate to use IVOA Working Drafts as reference materials or to cite them as other than "work in progress".



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