Software and Computer Infrastructure Development at the ING
Examples of on-going software development projects are:
- A user MIMIC to provide the astronomer with a pictorial
representation of the complex light path and its components
within the adaptive optics system (see example screen-shot below).
- A java-based graphical user interface for finding
appropriate guide stars and manipulating the autoguider probes.
- A PC-based tip-tilt system that will control the NAOMI
adaptive optics tip-tilt mirror.
- A laser traffic control system that will assist in implementing
the priority rules between telescopes at the observatory for propagation
of the laser when observing with a laser guide star.
New AO system overview mimic - click to enlarge.
Future projects will include but not be limited to:
- Development of a queue scheduled observing system that will
permit observations to be carried out by ING staff on behalf of the
- An upgrade of the WHT Telescope Control System to improving the
overall reliability and maintainability.
- A PC-based system for controlling the deformable mirror in ING's
adaptive optics system.
- Development of quick look data reduction software for selected
To support the new applications that are being developed by the software
engineers, the computer engineers are actively improving the computing
infrastructure. In 2007 an investment will be made to upgrade the ORM network
infrastructure from 100Mbps to 1Gbps.
This will give ING's customers the ability to transfer images at faster rates
between, for example, the data acquisition systems and personnel
computers.Similarly the accademic network
RedIRIS will be
enhancing the bandwidth between Tenerife and Madrid to 622Mbps and the IAC will
increase the bandwidth from 32Mbps to 10Gbps between La Palma and
This will provide superior Internet access which in turn will
directly benefit ING's customers.
The Group continues to look for cost-effective ways to improve reliability of
the systems that they provide as well as reducing time for recovery for
equipment that has failed. Some of the high-profile projects that are
taking place within the Group includes:
- Development of an enhanced troubleshooting system.
- Improved multi-screen display for the WHT Instrument Control System.
- Improved wireless connection in terms of coverage and throughput
throughout ING sites.
- Replacement of analogue telephones with IP telephones and the
development of a videoconferencing infrastructure.
Don Carlos (05/11/2007)