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Paper: Seamless Distributed Observing with eSTAR
Volume: 376, Astronomical Data Analysis Software and Systems XVI
Page: 81
Authors: Allan, A.; Naylor, T.; White, R.R.; Seaman, R.L.
Abstract: In the last few years the ubiquitous availability of high bandwidth networks has changed the way both robotic and non-robotic telescopes operate. Single isolated telescopes are being integrated into expanding ‘smart’ telescope networks that can span continents and respond to transient events in seconds. This development has led to a renaissance in the science of time-domain astrophysics, which is rapidly changing the way astronomers work. Using the emerging field of intelligent agent architectures to provide crucial decision making in software, we have built a distributed system that allows users to schedule observations seamlessly over a peer-to-peer network of geographically widely separated, heterogeneous telescopes. We present the current operations paradigm of the eSTAR network and explain how our recent work on event driven observing now provides a seamless cradle-to-grave system for autonomous observations of transient events.
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