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OpSim Survey Data

There are several sets of simulated surveys produced using the Operations Simulator (OpSim) which are available to the LSST Project and to the scientific community.  

Please use the most recently released versions of the simulations when doing analysis for the white papers.

The outputs of each simulation basically consist of a sqlite table containing information on the simulated pointing history of the telescope. Depending on the version of the OpSim software, the schema of this table and details of its contents will vary.  

Currently the approved Reference Simulated Survey, or Reference Run, is baseline_2018a and is under change control. kraken_2026 is a suitable simulation output to use as a reference point as well; this is almost identical to baseline_2018a but includes dome crawl, allowing slightly more observations in each night. We are working on producing, documenting and moving a new run created with the new simulation code (the 'Feature Based Scheduler' (FBS)) through the change control process, but outputs from the FBS are still in flux. 

 

Publish Date
Name
Description

Aug 2018

Opsim v4.0.1  runs.

 

The official Reference Simulated Survey (or Reference Run) is baseline_2018a. 

Github repo with run details and writeup.

Download runs and MAF outputs (see WPruns_1.0 group).

Jan 2016

OpSim v3.3.5 Benchmark Runs

A set of 14 10-year surveys designed to explore various combinations of science programs and executed with OpSim v3.3.5.  This "benchmark" set is created for every release of OpSim. This dataset contains the (obsolete) reference run, minion_1016.

Please note that the OpSim v3.3.5 Summary table schema has changed since OpSim v3.3.2.

Aug 2015

OpSim v3.3.2 Benchmark Runs

A set of 14 10-year surveys designed to explore various combinations of science programs and executed with OpSim v3.3.2.  This "benchmark" set is created for every release of OpSim. This dataset was presented at the LSST2015 Project and Community Workshop held in Bremerton, WA, Aug 2015, and contains the candidate reference run enigma_1189.

This is the description of the OpSim v3.3.2 Summary table schema.

 

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