18 July 2014 The control system of the 12-m medium-size telescope prototype: a test-ground for the CTA array control
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The Cherenkov Telescope Array (CTA) will be the next generation ground-based very-high energy -ray observatory. CTA will consist of two arrays: one in the Northern hemisphere composed of about 20 telescopes, and the other one in the Southern hemisphere composed of about 100 telescopes, both arrays containing telescopes of different sizes and types and in addition numerous auxiliary devices. In order to provide a test-ground for the CTA array control, the steering software of the 12-m medium size telescope (MST) prototype deployed in Berlin has been implemented using the tools and design concepts under consideration to be used for the control of the CTA array. The prototype control system is implemented based on the Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array (ALMA) Common Software (ACS) control middleware, with components implemented in Java, C++ and Python. The interfacing to the hardware is standardized via the Object Linking and Embedding for Process Control Unified Architecture (OPC UA). In order to access the OPC UA servers from the ACS framework in a common way, a library has been developed that allows to tie the OPC UA server nodes, methods and events to the equivalents in ACS components. The front-end of the archive system is able to identify the deployed components and to perform the sampling of the monitoring points of each component following time and value change triggers according to the selected configurations. The back-end of the archive system of the prototype is composed by two different databases: MySQL and MongoDB. MySQL has been selected as storage of the system configurations, while MongoDB is used to have an efficient storage of device monitoring data, CCD images, logging and alarm information. In this contribution, the details and conclusions on the implementation of the control software of the MST prototype are presented.
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I. Oya, I. Oya, E. A. Anguner, E. A. Anguner, B. Behera, B. Behera, E. Birsin, E. Birsin, M. Fuessling, M. Fuessling, R. Lindemann, R. Lindemann, D. Melkumyan, D. Melkumyan, S. Schlenstedt, S. Schlenstedt, T. Schmidt, T. Schmidt, U. Schwanke, U. Schwanke, R. Sternberger, R. Sternberger, P. Wegner, P. Wegner, S. Wiesand, S. Wiesand, } "The control system of the 12-m medium-size telescope prototype: a test-ground for the CTA array control", Proc. SPIE 9152, Software and Cyberinfrastructure for Astronomy III, 91522G (18 July 2014); doi: 10.1117/12.2055169; https://doi.org/10.1117/12.2055169
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