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Modeling the cost of detector controller support in a multi-instrument observatory
Author(s): Dani Guzmán
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Paper Abstract

Multi-instrument observatories have followed two different approaches regarding scientific detector controllers: The ESO approach, with standard detector controllers for all instruments and the Gemini approach, with individual controllers for each instrument. Observatories may consider the transition to standard controllers in current and new instruments when pursuing objectives such as reduction in engineering resources and improvement in data quality. Both alternatives have their pros and cons, but it is sometimes difficult to justify the transition. The entrance of open-source projects to the detector controller scene may help changing the paradigm in this area, especially if investment in hardware is reduced. The problematic is discussed here, with emphasis in modeling the real costs of supporting multiple detector controllers in an observatory, in an attempt to justify the use of standard detector controllers.

Paper Details

Date Published: 23 June 2006
PDF: 12 pages
Proc. SPIE 6271, Modeling, Systems Engineering, and Project Management for Astronomy II, 627110 (23 June 2006); doi: 10.1117/12.669175
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Dani Guzmán, Gemini Observatory (Chile)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 6271:
Modeling, Systems Engineering, and Project Management for Astronomy II
Martin J. Cullum; George Z. Angeli, Editor(s)

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