Tiled Table Compression Convention
A convention for compressing FITS binary tables and storing the compressed
byte stream in a variable-length array column in a
FITS binary table. Optionally, the table may be divided
into tiles each containing equal-sized blocks of rows that are compressed
together. The current
implementation supports the GZIP and RICE lossless compression
FITS file compression utility supports this table compression convention.
Users Guide contains useful general information and tips regarding data compression.
Version 2.0 in November-2013 by W. Pence, NASA/GSFC (on behalf of the authors).
Date and Place of First Usage:
2010: The Fpack and Funpack FITS file compression utility programs have
supported beta versions of this convention starting in 2010. The
full implementation that supports all the documented features
was introduced in 2013.
Extent of Usage:
limited mainly to experimental prototyping applications
Last revised: Thursday, 23-Jan-2014 12:39:14 EST
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