NOBUGS 2004 Conference

New Opportunities for Better User Group Software

October, 18-20, 2004 at PSI, Switzerland

Abstract Submitted for NOBUGS2004

ICE: New Instrument Control Software at the NCNR

N. C. Maliszewskyj, M. Doucet, S. Pheiffer

The construction and installation of a state of the art thermal triple
axis at the NCNR presents us with the opportunity to similarly craft
new software that addresses the needs of our local staff and outside
users. An autonomous instrument control server will mediate
interactions of users with hardware, manage data acquisition, and
sequence commands for batch execution. Client programs incorporating
experiment planning tools will be used to compose scans, issue
instanteous commands to be executed by the server, and provide the
first layer of live status information. A tiered permission scheme
will permit certain types of remote operation in this client-server
This software is designed with portability in mind. A hardware
abstraction layer encapsulates the most platform dependent portions
of the code while the remainder of the instrument control server is
essentially a platform independent python script.
We will present an architectural overview of this suite and an update
of the current state of the project.

Abstract File: abstract01003.txt


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