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The last mile of the ALMA software development: lessons learned
Author(s): A. M. Chavan; B. E. Glendenning; J. Ibsen; J. Kern; G. Kosugi; G. Raffi; E. Schmid; J. Schwarz
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Paper Abstract

At the end of 2012, ALMA software development will be completed. While new releases are still being prepared following an incremental development process, the ALMA software has been in daily use since 2008. Last year it was successfully used for the first science observations proposed by and released to the ALMA scientific community. This included the whole project life cycle from proposal preparation to data delivery, taking advantage of the software being designed as an end-to-end system. This presentation will report on software management aspects that became relevant in the last couple of years. These include a new feature driven development cycle, an improved software verification process, and a more realistic test environment at the observatory. It will also present a forward look at the planned transition to full operations, given that upgrades, optimizations and maintenance will continue for a long time.

Paper Details

Date Published: 24 September 2012
PDF: 6 pages
Proc. SPIE 8451, Software and Cyberinfrastructure for Astronomy II, 84510Q (24 September 2012); doi: 10.1117/12.925961
Show Author Affiliations
A. M. Chavan, European Southern Observatory (Germany)
B. E. Glendenning, National Radio Astronomy Observatory (United States)
J. Ibsen, Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array (Chile)
J. Kern, National Radio Astronomy Observatory (United States)
G. Kosugi, Nanjing Institute of Astronomical Optics & Technology (Japan)
G. Raffi, Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array (Chile)
E. Schmid, European Southern Observatory (Germany)
J. Schwarz, European Southern Observatory (Germany)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 8451:
Software and Cyberinfrastructure for Astronomy II
Nicole M. Radziwill; Gianluca Chiozzi, Editor(s)

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