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Control software and electronics architecture design in the framework of the E-ELT instrumentation
Author(s): P. Di Marcantonio; I. Coretti; R. Cirami; M. Comari; P. Santin; M. Pucillo
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Paper Abstract

During the last years the European Southern Observatory (ESO), in collaboration with other European astronomical institutes, has started several feasibility studies for the E-ELT (European-Extremely Large Telescope) instrumentation and post-focal adaptive optics. The goal is to create a flexible suite of instruments to deal with the wide variety of scientific questions astronomers would like to see solved in the coming decades. In this framework INAF-Astronomical Observatory of Trieste (INAF-AOTs) is currently responsible of carrying out the analysis and the preliminary study of the architecture of the electronics and control software of three instruments: CODEX (control software and electronics) and OPTIMOS-EVE/OPTIMOS-DIORAMAS (control software). To cope with the increased complexity and new requirements for stability, precision, real-time latency and communications among sub-systems imposed by these instruments, new solutions have been investigated by our group. In this paper we present the proposed software and electronics architecture based on a distributed common framework centered on the Component/Container model that uses OPC Unified Architecture as a standard layer to communicate with COTS components of three different vendors. We describe three working prototypes that have been set-up in our laboratory and discuss their performances, integration complexity and ease of deployment.

Paper Details

Date Published: 13 July 2010
PDF: 12 pages
Proc. SPIE 7740, Software and Cyberinfrastructure for Astronomy, 774002 (13 July 2010); doi: 10.1117/12.855959
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P. Di Marcantonio, INAF, Osservatorio Astronomico di Trieste (Italy)
I. Coretti, INAF, Osservatorio Astronomico di Trieste (Italy)
R. Cirami, INAF, Osservatorio Astronomico di Trieste (Italy)
M. Comari, INAF, Osservatorio Astronomico di Trieste (Italy)
P. Santin, INAF, Osservatorio Astronomico di Trieste (Italy)
M. Pucillo, INAF, Osservatorio Astronomico di Trieste (Italy)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 7740:
Software and Cyberinfrastructure for Astronomy
Nicole M. Radziwill; Alan Bridger, Editor(s)

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