We present the design and lab performance of the Parallel Imager for Southern Cosmology Observations (PISCO), a photometer for the 6.5 m diameter Magellan telescopes that produces gl, rl, il, and zl band images simulta- neously within a 9 arcminute field of view. This design provides efficient follow-up observations of faint sources, particularly galaxy clusters and supernovae. Simultaneous imaging speeds the observing cadence by at a factor
of ~ 3 (including optical losses) compared to other photometric imagers. Also, the determination of color (flux
ratio between bands) is relatively immune to time variations in gray opacity due to clouds, so observations can
proceed in less than optimal conditions. First light is expected in September 2014 2014.
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.