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SPARTA for the VLT: status and plans
Author(s): Enrico Fedrigo; Reynald Bourtembourg; Robert Donaldson; Christian Soenke; Marcos Suarez Valles; Stefano Zampieri
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Paper Abstract

SPARTATM, the ESO Standard Platform for Adaptive optics Real Time Applications, is the real time computing platform serving 3 major 2nd generation instruments at the VLT (SPHERE, GALACSI and GRAAL) with plans to serve more, smaller, instruments in the near future. SPARTA offers a very modular and fine-grained architecture which is generic enough to serve a variety of AO systems. SPARTA includes the definitions of all the interfaces between those modules and provides libraries and tools to implement and test the various modules as well as a map to technologies capable of delivering the required performance, most of them innovative with respect to ESO standards in use. For the above mentioned instruments, SPARTA provides also a complete implementation of the AO application, with features customized for each of the 3 instruments. In this paper we present the architecture of SPARTA, its technologies, functions, performance and test tools as well as the plans to increase the reach of the platform to smaller system with what we call SPARTA Light.

Paper Details

Date Published: 27 July 2010
PDF: 10 pages
Proc. SPIE 7736, Adaptive Optics Systems II, 77362I (27 July 2010); doi: 10.1117/12.857084
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Enrico Fedrigo, European Organisation for Astronomical Research in the Southern Hemisphere (Germany)
Reynald Bourtembourg, European Organisation for Astronomical Research in the Southern Hemisphere (Germany)
Robert Donaldson, European Organisation for Astronomical Research in the Southern Hemisphere (Germany)
Christian Soenke, European Organisation for Astronomical Research in the Southern Hemisphere (Germany)
Marcos Suarez Valles, European Organisation for Astronomical Research in the Southern Hemisphere (Germany)
Stefano Zampieri, European Organisation for Astronomical Research in the Southern Hemisphere (Germany)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 7736:
Adaptive Optics Systems II
Brent L. Ellerbroek; Michael Hart; Norbert Hubin; Peter L. Wizinowich, Editor(s)

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