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SKA telescope manager: a status update
Author(s): Alan Bridger; Yashwant Gupta; Subhrojyoti R. Chaudhuri; Matteo Di Carlo; Gerhard Le Roux; Swaminathan Natarajan; Riccardo Smareglia; Mangesh Patil; Domingos Barbosa; Lize van den Heever; Mauro Dolci; Valentina Alberti; Ray Brederode; Joao Paulo Barraca; Dzianis Bartashevich; Miguel Bergano; Giorgio Brajnik; Matteo Canzari; Aditya Dange; Juan Carlos Guzman; Giovanna Jerse; Amruta Khanvilkar; Pamela Klaassen; Cristina Knapic; Jitendra Kodikar; Vikas Kumthekar; Dalmiro Maia; Vivek Mohile; Bruno Morgado; Snehal Nakave; Mark Nicol; Alan O'Brien; Niruj M. Ramanujam; Jyotin Ranpura; Steven Reed; Vinod Sathe; Nuno Silva; Paul Swart; Franco Tinarelli; Vatsal Trivedi; Lochan Babani; Snehal Valame; Sonja Vrcic; Stewart Williams; Yogesh Wadadekar
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Paper Abstract

The international Square Kilometre Array (SKA) project to build two radio interferometers is approaching the end of its design phase, and gearing up for the beginning of formal construction. A key part of this distributed Observatory is the overall software control system: the Telescope Manager (TM). The two telescopes, a Low frequency dipole array to be located in Western Australia (SKA-Low) and a Mid-frequency dish array to be located in South Africa (SKA-Mid) will be operated as a single Observatory, with its global headquarters (GHQ) based in the United Kingdom at Jodrell Bank. When complete it will be the most powerful radio observatory in the world. The TM software must combine the observatory operations based at the GHQ with the monitor and control operations of each telescope, covering the range of domains from proposal submission to the coordination and monitoring of the subsystems that make up each telescope. It must also monitor itself and provide a reliable operating platform. This paper will provide an update on the design status of TM, covering the make-up of the consortium delivering the design, a brief description of the key challenges and the top level architecture, and its software development plans for tackling the construction phase of the project. It will also briefly describe the consortium’s response to the SKA Project’s decision in the second half of 2016 to adopt the processes set out by the Software Engineering Institute (SEI) for system architecture design and documentation, including a re-evaluation of its deliverables, documentation and approach to internal reviews.

Paper Details

Date Published: 6 July 2018
PDF: 17 pages
Proc. SPIE 10707, Software and Cyberinfrastructure for Astronomy V, 1070703 (6 July 2018); doi: 10.1117/12.2313649
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Alan Bridger, UK Astronomy Technology Ctr. (United Kingdom)
Yashwant Gupta, National Ctr. for Radio Astrophysics (India)
Subhrojyoti R. Chaudhuri, Tata Consultancy Services, Ltd. (India)
Matteo Di Carlo, INAF - Osservatorio Astronomico di Teramo (Italy)
Gerhard Le Roux, SKA South Africa (South Africa)
Swaminathan Natarajan, Tata Consultancy Services, Ltd. (India)
Riccardo Smareglia, INAF - Osservatorio Astronomico di Trieste (Italy)
Mangesh Patil, Tata Consultancy Services, Ltd. (India)
Domingos Barbosa, Instituto de Telecomunicações (Portugal)
Lize van den Heever, SKA South Africa (South Africa)
Mauro Dolci, INAF - Osservatorio Astronomico di Teramo (Italy)
Valentina Alberti, INAF - Osservatorio Astronomico di Trieste (Italy)
Ray Brederode, SKA South Africa (South Africa)
Joao Paulo Barraca, Instituto de Telecomunicações (Portugal)
Dzianis Bartashevich, Instituto de Telecomunicações (Portugal)
Miguel Bergano, Instituto de Telecomunicações (Portugal)
Giorgio Brajnik, Interaction Design Solutions Srl (Italy)
Matteo Canzari, INAF - Osservatorio Astronomico di Teramo (Italy)
Aditya Dange, Tata Consultancy Services, Ltd. (India)
Juan Carlos Guzman, Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (Australia)
Giovanna Jerse, INAF - Osservatorio Astronomico di Trieste (Italy)
Amruta Khanvilkar, Tata Consultancy Services, Ltd. (India)
Pamela Klaassen, UK Astronomy Technology Ctr. (United Kingdom)
Cristina Knapic, INAF - Osservatorio Astronomico di Trieste (Italy)
Jitendra Kodikar, National Ctr. for Radio Astrophysics (India)
Vikas Kumthekar, Tata Consultancy Services, Ltd. (India)
Dalmiro Maia, Univ. do Porto (Portugal)
Vivek Mohile, Persistent Systems Ltd. (India)
Bruno Morgado, Instituto de Telecomunicações (Portugal)
Snehal Nakave, Tata Consultancy Services, Ltd. (India)
Mark Nicol, UK Astronomy Technology Ctr. (United Kingdom)
Alan O'Brien, UK ATC (United Kingdom)
Niruj M. Ramanujam, National Ctr. for Radio Astrophysics (India)
Jyotin Ranpura, Tata Consultancy Services, Ltd. (India)
Steven Reed, SciSys UK Ltd. (United Kingdom)
Vinod Sathe, Tata Consultancy Services, Ltd. (India)
Nuno Silva, Critical Software S.A. (Portugal)
Paul Swart, SKA South Africa (South Africa)
Franco Tinarelli, INAF - Istituto di Radioastronomia (Italy)
Vatsal Trivedi, Tata Consultancy Services, Ltd. (India)
Lochan Babani, Tata Consultancy Services, Ltd. (India)
Snehal Valame, Persistent Systems Ltd. (India)
Sonja Vrcic, National Research Council Canada (Canada)
Stewart Williams, UK Astronomy Technology Ctr. (United Kingdom)
Yogesh Wadadekar, National Ctr. for Radio Astrophysics (India)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 10707:
Software and Cyberinfrastructure for Astronomy V
Juan C. Guzman; Jorge Ibsen, Editor(s)

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