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First year of ALMA site software deployment: where everything comes together
Author(s): Víctor González; Matias Mora; Rodrigo Araya; Diego Arredondo; Marcelo Bartsch; Pablo Burgos; Jorge Ibsen; Johnny Reveco; Norman Sáez; Anton Schemrl; Jorge Sepulveda; Tzu-Chiang Shen; Rubén Soto; Nicolás Troncoso; Mauricio Zambrano; Nicolás Barriga; Brian Glendenning; Gianni Raffi; Jeff Kern
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Paper Abstract

Starting 2009, the ALMA project initiated one of its most exciting phases within construction: the first antenna from one of the vendors was delivered to the Assembly, Integration and Verification team. With this milestone and the closure of the ALMA Test Facility in New Mexico, the JAO Computing Group in Chile found itself in the front line of the project's software deployment and integration effort. Among the group's main responsibilities are the deployment, configuration and support of the observation systems, in addition to infrastructure administration, all of which needs to be done in close coordination with the development groups in Europe, North America and Japan. Software support has been the primary interaction key with the current users (mainly scientists, operators and hardware engineers), as the software is normally the most visible part of the system. During this first year of work with the production hardware, three consecutive software releases have been deployed and commissioned. Also, the first three antennas have been moved to the Array Operations Site, at 5.000 meters elevation, and the complete end-to-end system has been successfully tested. This paper shares the experience of this 15-people group as part of the construction team at the ALMA site, and working together with Computing IPT, on the achievements and problems overcomed during this period. It explores the excellent results of teamwork, and also some of the troubles that such a complex and geographically distributed project can run into. Finally, it approaches the challenges still to come, with the transition to the ALMA operations plan.

Paper Details

Date Published: 29 July 2010
PDF: 8 pages
Proc. SPIE 7737, Observatory Operations: Strategies, Processes, and Systems III, 77371Z (29 July 2010); doi: 10.1117/12.857856
Show Author Affiliations
Víctor González, Joint Atacama Large Millimeter Array Observatory (Chile)
Matias Mora, Joint Atacama Large Millimeter Array Observatory (Chile)
Rodrigo Araya, Joint Atacama Large Millimeter Array Observatory (Chile)
Diego Arredondo, Joint Atacama Large Millimeter Array Observatory (Chile)
Marcelo Bartsch, Joint Atacama Large Millimeter Array Observatory (Chile)
Pablo Burgos, Joint Atacama Large Millimeter Array Observatory (Chile)
Jorge Ibsen, Joint Atacama Large Millimeter Array Observatory (Chile)
Johnny Reveco, Joint Atacama Large Millimeter Array Observatory (Chile)
Norman Sáez, Joint Atacama Large Millimeter Array Observatory (Chile)
Anton Schemrl, Joint Atacama Large Millimeter Array Observatory (Chile)
Jorge Sepulveda, Joint Atacama Large Millimeter Array Observatory (Chile)
Tzu-Chiang Shen, Joint Atacama Large Millimeter Array Observatory (Chile)
Rubén Soto, Joint Atacama Large Millimeter Array Observatory (Chile)
Nicolás Troncoso, Joint Atacama Large Millimeter Array Observatory (Chile)
Mauricio Zambrano, Joint Atacama Large Millimeter Array Observatory (Chile)
Nicolás Barriga, Univ. Técnica Federico Santa María (Chile)
Brian Glendenning, National Radio Astronomy Observatory (United States)
Gianni Raffi, European Southern Observatory (Germany)
Jeff Kern, National Radio Astronomy Observatory (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 7737:
Observatory Operations: Strategies, Processes, and Systems III
David R. Silva; Alison B. Peck; B. Thomas Soifer, Editor(s)

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