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Enabling technologies and constraints for software sharing in large astronomy projects
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Paper Abstract

The new observatories currently being built, upgraded or designed represent a big step up in terms of complexity (laser guide star, adaptive optics, 30/40m class telescopes) with respect to the previous generation of ground-based telescopes. Moreover, the high cost of observing time imposes challenging requirements on system reliability and observing efficiency as well as challenging constraints in implementing major upgrades to operational observatories. Many of the basic issues are common to most of the new projects, while each project also brings an additional set of very specific challenges, imposed by the unique characteristics and scientific objectives of each telescope. Finding ways to share the solution and the risk for these common problems would allow the teams in the different projects to concentrate more resources on the specific challenges, while at the same time realizing more reliable and cost efficient systems. In this paper we analyze the many dimensions that might be involved in sharing and re-using observatory software (e.g. components, design, infrastructure frameworks, applications, toolkits, etc.). We also examine observatory experiences and technology trends. This work is the continuation of an effort started in the middle of 2007 to analyze the trends in software for the control systems of large astronomy projects.

Paper Details

Date Published: 14 July 2008
PDF: 12 pages
Proc. SPIE 7019, Advanced Software and Control for Astronomy II, 70190Y (14 July 2008); doi: 10.1117/12.790419
Show Author Affiliations
Gianluca Chiozzi, European Southern Observatory (Germany)
Alan Bridger, UK Astronomy Technology Ctr. (United Kingdom)
Kim Gillies, Space Telescope Science Institute (United States)
Bret Goodrich, National Solar Observatory (United States)
Jimmy Johnson, W. M. Keck Observatory (United States)
Kevin McCann, W. M. Keck Observatory (United States)
German Schumacher, National Optical Astronomy Observatories (Chile)
Stephen Wampler, National Solar Observatory (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 7019:
Advanced Software and Control for Astronomy II
Alan Bridger; Nicole M. Radziwill, Editor(s)

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