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South Pole Telescope software systems: Control, monitoring, and data acquisition

Story, K., Leitch, E., Ade, Peter A. R., Aird, K. A., Austermann, J. E., Beall, J. A., Becker, D., Bender, A. N., Benson, B. A., Bleem, L. E., Britton, J., Carlstrom, J. E., Chang, C. L., Chiang, H. C., Cho, H-M., Crawford, T. M., Crites, A. T., Datesman, A., de Haan, T., Dobbs, M. A., Everett, W., Ewall-Wice, A., George, E. M., Halverson, N. W., Harrington, N., Henning, J. W., Hilton, G. C., Holzapfel, W. L., Hoover, S., Huang, N., Hubmayr, J., Irwin, K. D., Karfunkle, M., Keisler, R., Kennedy, J., Lee, A. T., Li, D., Lueker, M., Marrone, D. P., McMahon, J. J., Mehl, J., Meyer, S. S., Montgomery, J., Montroy, T. E., Nagy, J., Natoli, T., Nibarger, J. P., Niemack, M. D., Novosad, V., Padin, S., Pryke, C., Reichardt, C. L., Ruhl, J. E., Saliwanchik, B. R., Sayre, J. T., Schaffer, K. K., Shirokoff, E., Smecher, G., Stalder, B., Tucker, Carole, Vanderlinde, K., Vieira, J. D., Wang, G., Williamson, R., Yefremenko, V., Yoon, K. W. and Young, E. 2012. South Pole Telescope software systems: Control, monitoring, and data acquisition. Presented at: SPIE 8451, Software and Cyberinfrastructure for Astronomy II, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, 1 July 2012. Proc. SPIE 8451, Software and Cyberinfrastructure for Astronomy II. The International Society for Optical Engineering, 84510T. 10.1117/12.925808

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Abstract

We present the software system used to control and operate the South Pole Telescope. The South Pole Telescope is a 10-meter millimeter-wavelength telescope designed to measure anisotropies in the cosmic microwave background (CMB) at arcminute angular resolution. In the austral summer of 2011/12, the SPT was equipped with a new polarization-sensitive camera, which consists of 1536 transition-edge sensor bolometers. The bolometers are read out using 36 independent digital frequency multiplexing (DfMux) readout boards, each with its own embedded processors. These autonomous boards control and read out data from the focal plane with on-board software and firmware. An overall control software system running on a separate control computer controls the DfMux boards, the cryostat and all other aspects of telescope operation. This control software collects and monitors data in real-time, and stores the data to disk for transfer to the United States for analysis

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Physics and Astronomy
Subjects: Q Science > QC Physics
Publisher: The International Society for Optical Engineering
ISSN: 0277-786X
Last Modified: 04 Jun 2017 04:57
URI: http://orca-mwe.cf.ac.uk/id/eprint/46765

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