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LOFAR operations: towards the SKA

Submitter: Marco Iacobelli & Roberto Pizzo
Description: On 2-4 March, a SKA delegation visited ASTRON to learn about LOFAR operations. The delegation involved representative members of the SKA TM consortium, which is responsible for the analysis and the design of the user interfaces (observations management and telescope management) for the SKA telescope.

The visiting group (A.Marassi, G. Brajnik, V. Alberti, and M. Nicol) were given an extensive overview on LOFAR alarm handling systems, LOFAR user interfaces, architecture, implementation, and technologies. Various people from the different Radio Observatory departments had the chance to meet with the SKA delegation and contributed to give a complete overview of LOFAR operations from a very broad perspective. Obviously, the LOFAR experience will be very important for the definition of the future SKA operations.

The photo taken in the LOFAR control room shows the visitors and part of the ASTRON people involved in the review.
Copyright: ASTRON
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