||The GBT Dynamic Scheduling System: An Update
||442, Astronomical Data Analysis Software and Systems XX (ADASSXX)
||Clark, M. H.; Balser, D. S.; Braatz, J.; Condon, J.; Creager, R. E.; McCarty, M. T.; Maddalena, R. J.; Marganian, P.; O'Neil, K.; Sessoms, E.; Shelton, A. L.
||The Robert C. Byrd Green Bank Telescope's (GBT) Dynamic Scheduling System
(DSS), in production use since September 2009, was designed to maximize
observing efficiency while
maintaining the GBT's flexibility,
improving data quality,
minimizing any undue adversity for the observers.
criteria, observer availability and qualifications, three-dimensional
weather forecasts, and telescope state, the DSS software is capable of
optimally scheduling observers 24 to 48 hours in advance on a telescope
having a wide-range of capabilities in a geographical location with
variable weather patterns.
Recent improvements for the GBT include
an expanded frequency coverage (0.390–90 GHz),
proper treatment of fully sampled array receivers,
increasingly diverse observing criteria,
the ability to account for atmospheric instability from clouds,
and new tools for scheduling staff to
control and interact with generated schedules and the underlying database.