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Ten things we would do differently today: reflections on a decade of ALMA software development
Author(s): Brian Glendenning; Erich Schmid; George Kosugi; Jeffrey S. Kern; Jorge Ibsen; Manabu Watanabe; Maurizio Chavan; Morgan Griffith; Ruben Soto
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Paper Abstract

The software for the Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array (ALMA) that has been developed in a collaboration of ESO, NRAO, NAOJ and the Joint ALMA Observatory for well over a decade is an integrated end-to-end software system of about six million lines of source code. As we enter the third cycle of science observations, we reflect on some of the decisions taken and call out ten topics where we could have taken a different approach at the time, or would take a different approach in today’s environment. We believe that these lessons learned should be helpful as the next generation of large telescope projects move into their construction phases.

Paper Details

Date Published: 18 July 2014
PDF: 13 pages
Proc. SPIE 9152, Software and Cyberinfrastructure for Astronomy III, 91521L (18 July 2014); doi: 10.1117/12.2054873
Show Author Affiliations
Brian Glendenning, National Radio Astronomy Observatory (United States)
Erich Schmid, European Southern Observatory (Germany)
George Kosugi, National Astronomical Observatory of Japan (Japan)
Jeffrey S. Kern, National Radio Astronomy Observatory (United States)
Jorge Ibsen, Joint ALMA Observatory (Chile)
Manabu Watanabe, National Astronomical Observatory of Japan (Japan)
Maurizio Chavan, European Southern Observatory (Germany)
Morgan Griffith, National Radio Astronomy Observatory (United States)
Ruben Soto, Joint ALMA Observatory (Chile)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 9152:
Software and Cyberinfrastructure for Astronomy III
Gianluca Chiozzi; Nicole M. Radziwill, Editor(s)

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