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Software for automated run-time determination of calibration values and hardware capabilities in torrent detector control systems
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Paper Abstract

The MONSOON Torrent image Acquisition system is being designed partially to reduce the complexity in configuring a Detector controller system. This paper will discuss how we have achieved this goal by creating a system of automation for the configuration task. We also discuss how the automated systems work to insure proper focal plane operation in the face of potential network, communications and controller hardware failures during observing sessions. The Torrent hardware design is discussed in section 2. In Sections 4 and 5 we discuss the automated processes used to develop the description of the Torrent hardware used by the rest of the automation system. In Sections 6 through 8 we discuss the semi automated system configuration/integration/design software. In Section 9 we present the automated run-time configuration tools and discuss how it operates in the face of various failures. In Section 10 we discuss how Torrent and the automated systems will achieve the goal of reducing observing down time in the face of hardware failures.

Paper Details

Date Published: 19 July 2010
PDF: 10 pages
Proc. SPIE 7740, Software and Cyberinfrastructure for Astronomy, 77403O (19 July 2010); doi: 10.1117/12.857553
Show Author Affiliations
Nick C. Buchholz, National Optical Astronomy Observatory (United States)
Philip N. Daly, National Optical Astronomy Observatory (United States)
R. George, National Optical Astronomy Observatory (United States)
M. Hunten, National Optical Astronomy Observatory (United States)
P. Moore, National Optical Astronomy Observatory (United States)
D. Sawyer, National Optical Astronomy Observatory (United States)

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

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