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The cost of developing and maintain the monitoring and control software of large ground-based telescopes
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Paper Abstract

There are several large ground-based telescopes currently under development such as the SKA and CCAT in radio as well as several 30m-class in the optical. A common challenge that all of these telescopes are facing is estimating the cost of design, construction and maintenance of their required software. This paper will present a cost breakdown of the monitoring and control software packages implemented for ASKAP including the effort spent to develop and maintain the in-house code and the effort saved by using third-party software, such as EPICS. The costing for ASKAP will be compared to those for the monitoring and control software of other large ground-based telescopes such as ALMA and VLT. This comparison will highlight trends and commonalities in the costing and provides a useful guide for costing future telescope control software builds or upgrades and the ongoing maintenance cost.

Paper Details

Date Published: 18 July 2014
PDF: 6 pages
Proc. SPIE 9152, Software and Cyberinfrastructure for Astronomy III, 91521P (18 July 2014); doi: 10.1117/12.2055921
Show Author Affiliations
Juan Carlos Guzman, Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (Australia)
Gianluca Chiozzi, European Southern Observatory (Germany)
Alan Bridger, UK Astronomy Technology Ctr. (United Kingdom)
Jorge Ibsen, Joint ALMA Observatory (Chile)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 9152:
Software and Cyberinfrastructure for Astronomy III
Gianluca Chiozzi; Nicole M. Radziwill, Editor(s)

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