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The ESO adaptive optics real-time computer platform: a step toward the future
Author(s): Enrico Fedrigo; Robert Donaldson; Christian Soenke; Norbert N. Hubin
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Paper Abstract

ESO now operates several AO systems in the Paranal observatory. Most of them are the outcome of different and independent efforts resulting in different and incompatible systems with all the problems of maintaining and evolving them. At the same time, industry is now proposing powerful embedded computers and new standard technologies that enable the construction of massive real time parallel computers, with a technology roadmap that looks extremely promising. The ESO AO Platform initiative aims at taking this unique opportunity of gathering all the experience accumulated so far in building and operating AO system and the recent advances offered by the industry to define and build a standard hardware and software platform able to run every AO system of the near future of the VLT with an eye towards OWL. We review the key technologies that enable the design of a common AO-RTC and we discuss the main choices of the AO Platform initiative.

Paper Details

Date Published: 25 October 2004
PDF: 9 pages
Proc. SPIE 5490, Advancements in Adaptive Optics, (25 October 2004); doi: 10.1117/12.551593
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Enrico Fedrigo, European Southern Observatory (Germany)
Robert Donaldson, European Southern Observatory (Germany)
Christian Soenke, European Southern Observatory (Germany)
Norbert N. Hubin, European Southern Observatory (Germany)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 5490:
Advancements in Adaptive Optics
Domenico Bonaccini Calia; Brent L. Ellerbroek; Roberto Ragazzoni, Editor(s)

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