Scientific Software in /hsopt

This directory is mounted on Ubuntu 18 hosts.
Instructions for using installed software is given in alphabetic order. Further software can be added by the IT team (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) on demand.


The Astronomical Image Processing System AIPS is a software package for calibration, data analysis, image display, plotting, and a variety of ancillary tasks on Astronomical Data. It comes from the National Radio Astronomy Observatory. It is primarily for Radio Astronomy. There are a manual AIPS Cookbook and FAQ (answers to Frequently Asked Questions) available.

To use AIPS at the Hamburger Sternwarte you require an AIPS User number and reserved disk space allocated. Contact Dieter Engels.


The free Python distribution Anaconda includes many popular Python packages. Anaconda also features Jupyter notebooks, which allow you to run Python from graphical notebooks via a web browser on local or remote hosts.

You need to add the Anaconda directory to your path:

  export PATH="/hsopt/anaconda3/bin:$PATH"

Adding packages to the Anaconda installation requires administrator privileges. However, you can create your own environment with any specific packages you like, for example

  conda create --name myenv astropy

You can also use pip and install from source in your environment. See the conda user guide for further information.


Common Astronomy Software Applications package, see Libraries and tools e.g. for LOFAR software can be installed locally on particular hosts on request.

To use the CASA program you need to add its binary directory to the path:

  export PATH="/hsopt/casa/bin:$PATH"


GILDAS, the "Grenoble Image and Line Data Analysis Software", is a collection of software developped by the Observatoire de Grenoble and IRAM, oriented towards radioastronomical applications in the mm- and submm-range.

To use GILDAS software make the setup as described in /hsopt/gildas/Readme. Manuals are available from the GILDAS homepage.


Newest installed versions are IDL 8.7 and ENVI 5.5. Floating licences are provided by the RRZ.

Before starting IDL/ENVI you need to source the startup scripts:

  . /hsopt/idl/idl/bin/idl_setup.bash

  . /hsopt/idl/envi/bin/envi_setup.bash

Likwid tools

Suite of performance tools developed by the HPC group of RRZE, see To use the tools, you need to add the binary directory to the path::

  export PATH="/hsopt/likwid/bin:$PATH"


Munich Image Data Analysis System. Like IRAF, only different. To start, use the command inmidas.

In case of display issues (black display window)  Grafikfenster) it may help to put the following line into $HOME/midwork/login.prg
ini/dis ? ? ? ? RGBQ


An auxiliary software for AIPS.


Vektor plotting library for C und Fortran. For help see online manual. To compile a C program:

gcc -I/hsopt/pgplot -c programm.c
g77 -O -o progamm programm.o -L/hsopt/pgplot -L/usr/X11R6/lib -lcpgplot -lpgplot -lX11
or for Tk/Tcl:
g77 -o programm programm.o -L/hsopt/pgplot -ltkpgplot -lcpgplot -lpgplot -L/usr/lib -ltk8.4 -ltcl8.4 -L/usr/X11R6/lib -lX11 -ldl

To start a PGPLOT program, /usr/local/hssoft/pgplot has to be in the environment variable LD_LIBRARY_PATH, and the environment variable PGPLOT_DIR=/usr/local/hssoft/pgplot needs to be set:

export PGPLOT_DIR=/hsopt/pgplot
export LD_LIBRARY_PATH="/hsopt/pgplot:$LD_LIBRARY_PATH"

or (csh)

setenv PGPLOT_DIR /hsopt/pgplot
setenv LD_LIBRARY_PATH "/hsopt/pgplot:$LD_LIBRARY_PATH"


The control software for the KRT3 radio telescope.


Valgrind is an open source tool for code analysis and debugging (see To use valgrind, you need to add the binary directory to the path:

  export PATH="/hsopt/valgrind/bin:$PATH"