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1993-2013: 20 years of supporting VLBI in Europe

Submitter: Huib van Langevelde
Description: On 21 December 2013, JIVE celebrates the 20th anniversary of its foundation. JIVE began life as an institute with a very small group of people under the leadership of Professor Richard Schilizzi. Our mission was to build and operate the Mark IV hardware correlator for the European VLBI Network. JIVE has grown significantly in the past two decades, and the EVN and JIVE have always been on the frontiers of VLBI research and technology. Magnetic tapes have been replaced by disc packs, recording rates have increased from 128 Mbps to 1024 Mbps, and real-time correlation via e-VLBI has emerged as a standard EVN operation mode for e-EVN sessions. JIVE also played an important role in the tracking of the Huygens probe as it descended through the thick atmosphere of Titan all the way and down to the surface. These efforts directly resulted in the later development of the EVN software correlator at JIVE (SFXC) we are using today for correlation of European VLBI Network data.

Ever optimistic and enthousiastic, JIVE employees are looking forward to an equally bright future, as JIVE is expected to become an European Research Infrastructure Consortium (ERIC) in 2014.

Over the 20 long years, many people actively contributed to the success of JIVE. Some are no longer in Dwingeloo, but their highly dedicated work is also remembered.

Prof. Huib Jan van Langevelde
Copyright: JIVE
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