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Commensal observing with the Allen Telescope array: software command and control
Author(s): Colby Gutierrez-Kraybill; Garrett K. Keating; David MacMahon; Peter K. G. Williams; Gerald Harp; Robert Ackermann; Tom Kilsdonk; Jon Richards; William C. Barott
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Paper Abstract

The Allen Telescope Array (ATA) is a Large-Number-Small-Diameter radio telescope array currently with 42 individual antennas and 5 independent back-end science systems (2 imaging FX correlators and 3 time domain beam formers) located at the Hat Creek Radio Observatory (HCRO). The goal of the ATA is to run multiple back-ends simultaneously, supporting multiple science projects commensally. The primary software control systems are based on a combination of Java, JRuby and Ruby on Rails. The primary control API is simplified to provide easy integration with new back-end systems while the lower layers of the software stack are handled by a master observing system. Scheduling observations for the ATA is based on finding a union between the science needs of multiple projects and automatically determining an efficient path to operating the various sub-components to meet those needs. When completed, the ATA is expected to be a world-class radio telescope, combining dedicated SETI projects with numerous radio astronomy science projects.

Paper Details

Date Published: 19 July 2010
PDF: 9 pages
Proc. SPIE 7740, Software and Cyberinfrastructure for Astronomy, 77400Z (19 July 2010); doi: 10.1117/12.857860
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Colby Gutierrez-Kraybill, Hat Creek Radio Observatory, Univ. of California, Berkeley (United States)
Garrett K. Keating, Hat Creek Radio Observatory, Univ. of California, Berkeley (United States)
David MacMahon, Radio Astronomy Lab., Univ. of California, Berkeley (United States)
Peter K. G. Williams, Radio Astronomy Lab., Univ. of California, Berkeley (United States)
Gerald Harp, SETI Institute (United States)
Robert Ackermann, SETI Institute (United States)
Tom Kilsdonk, SETI Institute (United States)
Jon Richards, SETI Institute (United States)
William C. Barott, Embry-Riddle Univ. (United States)


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

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