Gemini Preprint #14

The Software Design of the Gemini 8m Telescopes

Steve Wampler
Gemini 8m Telescopes Project, 950 N. Cherry Ave., Tucson AZ 85719


The design of the software for the Gemini 8m Telescopes is nearly complete. Great care has been taken to develop a system with the flexibility to support astronomy into the next century without disassociating itself from the current methods of observing. The goal has been to design a system that supports the complexities involved in high performance telescope operation while providing an interface that is easy to operate in all modes from classical observing to modern queue-scheduled approaches. The resulting design has been crafted to augment the skills of observers and system operators and has produced a development strategy intended to encourage the interaction of scientists and developers.

Appears in Proc. SPIE 2871, "Optical Telescopes of Today and Tomorrow".

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Ruth A. Kneale / / November 15, 1996