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A standard control system for the Large Millimeter Telescope and instruments
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Paper Abstract

The Large Millimeter Telescope monitor and control system is automatically generated from a set of XML configuration files. This insures that all inter-system communications and user interfaces adhere to a common standard. The system was originally designed to control the electro-mechanical components of the telescope but it maps well to the control of instruments. Properties of the instruments are defined in XML and subsequent control and communication code and user interfaces are generated. This approach works well in theory, however, when it comes to installing the system on the actual instruments, several problems arise: the goals of instrument developers, software support for instrument developers, hardware compatibility issues, and choice of computer architecture and development environment. In this paper, we present a discussion of the above issues and suggest tried solutions.

Paper Details

Date Published: 15 September 2004
PDF: 9 pages
Proc. SPIE 5496, Advanced Software, Control, and Communication Systems for Astronomy, (15 September 2004); doi: 10.1117/12.551862
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Kamal Souccar, Univ. of Massachusetts/Amherst (United States)
Gary Wallace, Univ. of Massachusetts/Amherst (United States)
Daniella Malin, Univ. of Massachusetts/Amherst (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 5496:
Advanced Software, Control, and Communication Systems for Astronomy
Hilton Lewis; Gianni Raffi, Editor(s)

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