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The LUCIFER control software
Author(s): Marcus Jütte; Volker Knierim; Kai Polsterer; Michael Lehmitz; Clemens Storz; Walter Seifert; Nancy Ageorges
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Paper Abstract

The successful roll-out of the control software for a complex NIR imager/spectrograph with MOS calls for flexible development strategies due to changing requirements during different phases of the project. A waterfall strategy used in the beginning has to change to a more iterative and agile process in the later stages. The choice of an appropriate program language as well as suitable software layout is crucial. For example the software has to accomplish multiple demands of different user groups, including a high level of flexibility for later changes and extensions. Different access levels to the instrument are mandatory to afford direct control mechanisms for lab operations and inspections of the instrument as well as tools to accomplish efficient science observations. Our hierarchical software structure with four layers of increasing abstract levels and the use of an object oriented language ideally supports these requirements. Here we describe our software architecture, the software development process, the different access levels and our commissioning experiences with LUCIFER 1.

Paper Details

Date Published: 19 July 2010
PDF: 10 pages
Proc. SPIE 7740, Software and Cyberinfrastructure for Astronomy, 774004 (19 July 2010); doi: 10.1117/12.857022
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Marcus Jütte, Ruhr-Univ. Bochum (Germany)
Volker Knierim, Ruhr-Univ. Bochum (Germany)
Kai Polsterer, Ruhr-Univ. Bochum (Germany)
Michael Lehmitz, Max-Planck-Institut für Astronomie (Germany)
Clemens Storz, Max-Planck-Institut für Astronomie (Germany)
Walter Seifert, Landessternwarte Heidelberg (Germany)
Nancy Ageorges, Max-Planck-Institut für extraterrestrische Physik (Germany)

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

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