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Herschel Interactive Processing Environment (HIPE)
The software package for Herschel Interactive Processing Environment (HIPE) is the application that allows users to work with the Herschel data, including finding the data products, interactive analysis, plotting of data, and data manipulation.
Which version of HIPE do I need ?
In general, users are recommended to use always the latest user release version of HIPE, as this the latest version of HIPE which contains fully validated versions of all pipelines and of the extended interactive data processing packages which come with HIPE, and it has been subject to dedicated validation campaigns by an extended group of testers and astronomers. This is in principle the version recommended for a general user and for the processing of Herschel data from all instruments.
In the table below we list the latest recommendations made by the instrument ICCs on which version should be used depending on the kind of analysis that you need to perform.
HIPE Download Instructions
Download the latest HIPE User Release installer
The latest HIPE User Release (v15.0.0) installer can be downloaded from the links below. This version of HIPE corresponds to the CIB system build  of track hcss-15.0. See the installation instructions on the different operating systems.
Important note: You have to keep your internet connection on during the process as you download all the necessary components during the installation.
A repository of previous HIPE User Release installers can be accessed by clicking here.
To learn what has changed in this HIPE version, see the What's new in HIPE 15 page.
Information on the JRE (Java Runtime Environment)
All the installers come with a bundled JRE (Java Runtime Environment), version 1.8.0_101. There are always two versions of the runtime and installer, one for 32-bit operating systems and another for 64-bit operating systems, the latter allowing the allocation of more than 1.5 GB of memory to Java applications (HIPE, in this case). Since Oracle provides no 32-bit version of the JRE for Mac OS X, this particular flavour of the installer is missing.
HIPE Users' Documentation
The documentation shipped with HIPE v15.x is also available below. The online version is usually more up-to-date, but it may also mention features not yet included in your current version of HIPE.
We recommend you to go through the following documentation before using HIPE.
These documents provide information on the latest version of HIPE, including known issues affecting the software and the data products.
These documents give a comprehensive description of all the analysis tools shipped with HIPE:
The following documents give instrument specific information about data reduction and analysis:
And finally, the following documents give reference information:
Access HIPE developer builds
HIPE is being continuously improved by a large team of developers distributed all around the world, following a Continuous Integration Build (CIB) system, which result in numerous builds of HIPE being produced on a daily basis. Please be aware that these versions of HIPE are not "User Releases". They are untested or under test.
HIPE System Requirements
Operating Systems Supported
Minimum Hardware Requirements
Note: This is just to install the SW, but for data processing 4GB RAM is highly recommended. In some particular cases, up to 16GB RAM (or more) may be needed e.g. to process big maps made with PACS.
Disk Space requirements
Currently the full installation is about 3 GBytes. There is a known issue which causes the installer to incorrectly report insufficient disk space in some cases. Please check the HIPE Known Issues about this .
HIPE Installation Instructions
Update from previous installations
To upgrade from an old installation, install the newest version available. Whenever you install a new version of HIPE you do not need to uninstall any of the old versions. However it is strongly recommended that you choose different installation and link/alias/shortcuts directories.
Mac OS X Instructions:
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