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19 July 2010 Upgrading the Gemini secondary mirror micro-controller
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The Gemini Observatory is continuing in the preliminary design stages of upgrading the micro-controller and related data acquisition components for the Secondary Mirror Tip/tilt System (M2TS). The Gemini North M2TS has surpassed a decade of service in the scientific community, yet the designs at both sites are nearly twenty years old and maintenance costs continue to increase. The next generation M2TS acquisition system takes a look at today's more common practices such as alternatives to VME, and the use of Industry Pack modules and high-rate data logging. An overview of the refactored software design will be described including the use of The Real-Time Executive for Multiprocessor Systems, or RTEMS, as the operating system of choice to meet the real-time performance requirements.
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Mathew J. Rippa, Jose Soto, Mike Sheehan, Christopher J. Carter, Gabriel Perez, Eric James, Robert Wyman, Cooper Nakayama, and Chris Yamasaki "Upgrading the Gemini secondary mirror micro-controller", Proc. SPIE 7740, Software and Cyberinfrastructure for Astronomy, 77403R (19 July 2010); https://doi.org/10.1117/12.857916
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