NOBUGS 2004 Conference

New Opportunities for Better User Group Software

October, 18-20, 2004 at PSI, Switzerland

Abstract Submitted for NOBUGS2004

An Integrated and Agile Approach to Delivering Extensible Instrument Control System Software at ANSTO

P.V. Hathaway, T. Lam, N. Hauser, A. Gotz, F. Franceschini

The Neutron Beam Instruments Project at ANSTO is undertaking the commissioning of seven instruments and associated ancillary equipment by mid-2006. One factor that determines the successful operation of each instrument by the commissioning milestone is the delivery of a modern, stable, and extensible control system. For the components that make up these systems there is a set of requirements elicited from an international user community. Choices amongst software architectures have been guided by international expertise. With the adoption of best-of-breed open source development tools and practices, a rapid development environment has been created which draws and depends upon the collaborative skills of the team to interact with contributors distributed across at least three continents. This paper culminates in a demonstration of the effectiveness of the selected systems, practices and tools by documenting the development of the control system for an existing instrument, from proposition to integration testing within two months

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