Work on our plans for a New Control System (NCS) for the 30m telescope continues, and in many areas we have reached decisions about priorities, features, and solutions. Comments and input from all users and friends of the 30m are always very welcome and important.
Details and regular updates can be found on the WWW pages for this project which are situated at http://www.iram.es/FutureControl30M.
In the near future many older hardware components of the control system for the 30m telescope will be replaced by modern equipment. We take this as an occasion to consider very broadly the desired features of a new system including:
Linked to these core features is a need to:
Major tasks to be achieved for this project then are:
Observing modes and user commands for the New Control System are
``New Control System for the 30m Telescope: Specifications:
Observing Modes and User Commands''
http://www.iram.es/FutureControl30M/ Specifications/Spec_ OM
Revision: Spec_Observing_Modes, V 1.0
The current version still contains open questions, but in the meantime
we have reached decisions on these and on priorities; they will be
included in the next revision of this document (V 1.1).
Our discussions and decisions on several specific and technical issues
important for the NCS are reported in documents by working groups
(WG). They are posted at the same WWW site, in directories dedicated
to each WG topic, and include:
``NCS 30m: WG Data''
Of particular interest for users of the 30m is probably the document
on raw data, ``on-line'' data processing, data format and archiving:
``DATA: Requirements, Specifications'':
Revision: ReqSpec.html , V 1.01
``NCS 30m: WG Frontend and Backend Control''
``NCS 30m: WG Telescope (Antenna) Control''
``NCS 30m: WG Synchronization''
``NCS 30m: WG System Architecture''
``NCS 30m: WG VME Computer Systems''