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Title: SPOKES: An end-to-end simulation facility for spectroscopic cosmological surveys

The nature of dark matter, dark energy and large-scale gravity pose some of the most pressing questions in cosmology today. These fundamental questions require highly precise measurements, and a number of wide-field spectroscopic survey instruments are being designed to meet this requirement. A key component in these experiments is the development of a simulation tool to forecast science performance, define requirement flow-downs, optimize implementation, demonstrate feasibility, and prepare for exploitation. We present SPOKES (SPectrOscopic KEn Simulation), an end-to-end simulation facility for spectroscopic cosmological surveys designed to address this challenge. SPOKES is based on an integrated infrastructure, modular function organization, coherent data handling and fast data access. These key features allow reproducibility of pipeline runs, enable ease of use and provide flexibility to update functions within the pipeline. The cyclic nature of the pipeline offers the possibility to make the science output an efficient measure for design optimization and feasibility testing. We present the architecture, first science, and computational performance results of the simulation pipeline. The framework is general, but for the benchmark tests, we use the Dark Energy Spectrometer (DESpec), one of the early concepts for the upcoming project, the Dark Energy Spectroscopic Instrument (DESI). As a result, we discussmore » how the SPOKES framework enables a rigorous process to optimize and exploit spectroscopic survey experiments in order to derive high-precision cosmological measurements optimally.« less
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  1. Fermi National Accelerator Lab. (FNAL), Batavia, IL (United States)
  2. ETH Zurich, Zurich (Switzerland)
  3. Univ. de los Andes, Bogota (Colombia)
  4. Institut de Ciencies de l'Espai, Barcelona (Spain)
  5. Stanford Univ., Stanford, CA (United States)
  6. Univ. College London, London (United Kingdom)
  7. Australian Astronomical Observatory (Australia)
  8. Stanford Univ., Stanford, CA (United States); SLAC National Accelerator Lab., Menlo Park, CA (United States)
Publication Date:
Report Number(s):
FERMILAB-PUB-16-009-AE; arXiv:1602.01480
Journal ID: ISSN 2213-1337; 1419625
Grant/Contract Number:
Accepted Manuscript
Journal Name:
Astronomy and Computing
Additional Journal Information:
Journal Volume: 15; Journal Issue: C; Journal ID: ISSN 2213-1337
Research Org:
Fermi National Accelerator Lab. (FNAL), Batavia, IL (United States)
Sponsoring Org:
USDOE Office of Science (SC), High Energy Physics (HEP) (SC-25)
Country of Publication:
United States
79 ASTRONOMY AND ASTROPHYSICS; 46 INSTRUMENTATION RELATED TO NUCLEAR SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY; computation; cosmology; simulation; spectroscopy; extragalactic; galaxies
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