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27 November 2002 eSTAR: a distributed telescope network
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The e-STAR (e-Science Telescopes for Astronomical Research) project uses GRID techniques to develop the software infrastructure for a global network of robotic telescopes. The basic architecture is based around Intelligent Agents which request data from Discovery Nodes that may be telescopes or databases. Communication is based on a development of the XML RTML language secured using the Globus I/O library, with status serving provided via LDAP. We describe the system architecture and protocols devised to give a distributed approach to telescope scheduling, as well as giving details of the implementation of prototype Intelligent Agent and Discovery Node systems.
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Iain A. Steele, Tim Naylor, Alisdair Allan, Jason Etherton, and C J Mottram "eSTAR: a distributed telescope network", Proc. SPIE 4845, Advanced Global Communications Technologies for Astronomy II, (27 November 2002);


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