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The WHT instruments and detectors, and optionally the telescope, are controlled from a single Vax (the system computer) using the ICL user interface to the ADAM environment. The architecture of the WHT system is more sophisticated than that of the INT and JKT equivalents. The new features are: MicroVax computers replacing Perkin-Elmer machines; more powerful microprocessors linked to the system computer by Ethernet; full integration of the telescope, instruments and detectors; a powerful detector-memory system with data-assessment capability; and a networked Sparcstation with rapid access to the data in the detector memory system for online data reduction using the iraf system or the Starlink software collection.

Tue Aug 15 16:42:46 BST 1995