National Instruments Case Study: Developing Real-Time Control for the World's Largest Telescope Using NI LabVIEW With Multicore Functionality

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    "NI engineers proved that we can, in fact, use LabVIEW and the LabVIEW Real-Time Module to implement a COTS-based solution and control multicore computation for real-time results."

    - Jason Spyromilio, European Southern Observatory



    The Challenge:

    Using commercial off-the-shelf (COTS) solutions for high-performance computing (HPC) in active and adaptive optics real-time control in extremely large telescopes.



    The Solution:

    Combining the NI LabVIEW graphical programming environment with multicore processors to develop a real-time control system and prove that COTS technology can control the optics in the European Extremely Large Telescope (E-ELT), which is currently in the design and prototyping phases.