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Discovery Channel Telescope software key technologies
Author(s): Paul J. Lotz
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Paper Abstract

The Discovery Channel Telescope (DCT) is a 4.3-meter astronomical research telescope being built in northern Arizona as a partnership between Discovery Communications and Lowell Observatory. The project software team has designed and partially implemented a component-based system. We describe here the key features of that design (state-based components that respond to signals) and detail specific implementation technologies we expect to be of most interest: examples of the Command Pattern, State Pattern, and XML-based configuration file handling using LabVIEW classes and shared variables with logging and alarming features.

Paper Details

Date Published: 19 July 2010
PDF: 17 pages
Proc. SPIE 7740, Software and Cyberinfrastructure for Astronomy, 77400O (19 July 2010); doi: 10.1117/12.857557
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Paul J. Lotz, Lowell 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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