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A dual-consumer design for the Atacama Large Millimeter Array control subsystem
Author(s): Ralph Marson; Jeffrey Kern; Allen Farris; Rafael Hiriart
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Paper Abstract

The control subsystem for the Atacama Large Millimeter Array (ALMA) must fulfill a number of roles. Principle amongst these is the ability to conduct observations and the ability to monitor and maintain the health of the hardware. These two roles impose different requirements on the control subsystem. The ALMA control subsystem uses a design which explicitly recognizes these different roles and provides capabilities that are targeted at the astronomers, engineers and other users of the ALMA control subsystem. In this paper we will describe this aspect of the design of the ALMA control subsystem with emphasis on how the various components of the software interact to meet the requirements of these different users and produce a coherent control subsystem that can transition from a high level, astronomical perspective of the array to a detailed low-level perspective with a focus on a particular piece of hardware.

Paper Details

Date Published: 14 July 2008
PDF: 10 pages
Proc. SPIE 7019, Advanced Software and Control for Astronomy II, 701905 (14 July 2008); doi: 10.1117/12.790377
Show Author Affiliations
Ralph Marson, National Radio Astronomy Observatory (United States)
Jeffrey Kern, National Radio Astronomy Observatory (United States)
Allen Farris, National Radio Astronomy Observatory (United States)
Rafael Hiriart, National Radio Astronomy Observatory (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 7019:
Advanced Software and Control for Astronomy II
Alan Bridger; Nicole M. Radziwill, Editor(s)

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