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APERTIF-6 Software ready

Submitter: R.H. van den Brink
Description: In February 2016, the APERTIF software team met a very nice milestone. The first part of the APERTIF software was finished. This APERTIF-6 software is needed to control the instrument. System Services (ie Message Bus) and Monitoring & Control (drivers and controllers) are present. With this part of the software, the Technical Commissioning and the Early Science Commissioning can be undertaken.

Marcel Loose gave a nice lunchtalk on Feb 25th, which still can be viewed by ASTRON personnel through this link.

The second part of APERTIF software development (APERTIF-12 Software) will be focused on user-oriented software (Task specification, Data Inspection, Archiving). The final scientific data reduction is the responsibility of the users themselves.

The team did a marvelous job in making this delivery with only 2,5 FTE divided over 6 persons. Apart from the fact that our team is very capable, and has a lot of knowhow, the use of the new Agile/Scrum way of working seems to be fruitful as well.

There is no doubt that the team (Alexander van Amesfoort, Arthur Coolen, Ger van Diepen, Marcel Loose, Pieter Donker and Ruud Overeem, with support from Teun Grit) will deliver the APERTIF-12 software equally successfully.
Copyright: R.H. van den Brink / M. Loose
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