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The Australian SKA Pathfinder (ASKAP) software architecture

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Juan C. Guzman, Ben Humphreys

Australia Telescope National Facility, Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (Australia)

Proc. SPIE 7740, Software and Cyberinfrastructure for Astronomy, 77401J (July 19, 2010); doi:10.1117/12.856962
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  • Software and Cyberinfrastructure for Astronomy
  • Nicole M. Radziwill; Alan Bridger
  • San Diego, California, USA | June 27, 2010


The Australian SKA Pathfinder (ASKAP) is a 1% Square Kilometre Array (SKA) pathfinder radio telescope, comprising of 36 12-metre diameter reflector antennas, each with a Focal Plane Array consisting of approximately 100 dualpolarised elements operating at centimetre wavelengths and yielding a wide field-of-view (FOV) on the sky of about 30 square degrees. ASKAP is currently under construction and will be located in the remote radio-quiet desert Midwest region of Western Australia. It is expected to be fully operational in 2013. Key challenges include near real-time processing of large amount of data (~ 4 GB/s), control and monitoring of widely distributed devices (approx. 150,000 monitoring I/O points) and remote semi-automated operations. After evaluating several software technologies we have decided to use the EPICS framework for the Telescope Operating System and the Internet Communications Engine (ICE) middleware for the high-level service bus. This paper presents a summary of the overall ASKAP software architecture, as well as describing how EPICS and ICE technologies fit in the control software design.

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Juan C. Guzman and Ben Humphreys
"The Australian SKA Pathfinder (ASKAP) software architecture", Proc. SPIE 7740, Software and Cyberinfrastructure for Astronomy, 77401J (July 19, 2010); doi:10.1117/12.856962; http://dx.doi.org/10.1117/12.856962

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