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Software integration at TNG and Active Optics: a practical example
Author(s): Claudio Vuerli; Carlotta Bonoli; Andrea Balestra; Andrea Baruffolo; Leonardo Corcione; D. Fantinel; Daniele Gardiol; P. Marcucci; Fabio Pasian; Claudio Pernechele; Mauro Pucillo; Riccardo Smareglia
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Paper Abstract

Since March 1997, the TNG Telescope is int its Commissioning phase. In this paper, we describe the structure of the control software of TNG and the on-going activity of the software integration team. The Telescope Communication Network has been completely installed, the control software has been set up and the integration phase is currently in progress. The TNG control software has been designed having in mind the needs of a modern telescope control system: it is based on stable and widespread industry standards; its architecture is fully modular and intrinsically open in order to allow future enhancements and/or modifications of its components. Moreover, the code was written paying a particular attention to its portability. All these characteristics make the TNG control system open to future technology evolutions, both hardware and software-wise. The TNG control software provides a coherent environment where the information flow is constantly guided and controlled through its path across the system. Despite the multiplicity and non-homogeneity of the different subsystems, TNG provides the operator a common framework from the raw data gathering, to the real-time applications, up to the operator interface and archiving system. This was made designing and building a set of layers of increasing abstraction that were mapped onto the various physical components. A brief description of the steps followed during the integration of a number of subsystems will be given.

Paper Details

Date Published: 26 May 1998
PDF: 15 pages
Proc. SPIE 3351, Telescope Control Systems III, (26 May 1998); doi: 10.1117/12.308830
Show Author Affiliations
Claudio Vuerli, Osservatorio Astronomico di Trieste (Italy)
Carlotta Bonoli, Osservatorio Astronomico di Padova (Italy)
Andrea Balestra, Osservatorio Astronomico di Trieste and European Southern Observatory (Germany)
Andrea Baruffolo, Osservatorio Astronomico di Padova (Italy)
Leonardo Corcione, Osservatorio Astronomico di Torino (Italy)
D. Fantinel, Osservatorio Astronomico di Padova (Italy)
Daniele Gardiol, Telescopio Nazionale Galileo (Italy)
P. Marcucci, Osservatorio Astronomico di Trieste (Italy)
Fabio Pasian, Osservatorio Astronomico di Trieste (Italy)
Claudio Pernechele, Osservatorio Astronomico di Padova (Italy)
Mauro Pucillo, Osservatorio Astronomico di Trieste (Italy)
Riccardo Smareglia, Osservatorio Astronomico di Trieste (Italy)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 3351:
Telescope Control Systems III
Hilton Lewis, Editor(s)

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