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14 July 2008 A new approach for instrument software at Gemini
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Gemini Observatory is now developing its next generation of astronomical instruments, the Aspen instruments. These new instruments are sophisticated and costly requiring large distributed, collaborative teams. Instrument software groups often include experienced team members with existing mature code. Gemini has taken its experience from the previous generation of instruments and current hardware and software technology to create an approach for developing instrument software that takes advantage of the strengths of our instrument builders and our own operations needs. This paper describes this new software approach that couples a lightweight infrastructure and software library with aspects of modern agile software development. The Gemini Planet Imager instrument project, which is currently approaching its critical design review, is used to demonstrate aspects of this approach. New facilities under development will face similar issues in the future, and the approach presented here can be applied to other projects.
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Kim Gillies, Arturo Nunez, and Jennifer Dunn "A new approach for instrument software at Gemini", Proc. SPIE 7019, Advanced Software and Control for Astronomy II, 70190Z (14 July 2008); doi: 10.1117/12.791033;

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