User Test 6 (UT6) is on schedule to start in November. UT6 is the primary focus for pipeline testing right now. Pretesting (done by the developer) is expected to finish up this month (this is a critical step in test preparation). The test scope includes calibration, imaging improvements, small mosaics, and will involve outside users. There may be 6-8 testers (very preliminary number). Once a precise test date is firm, Chris will begin identifying testers (hopefully this month). There has also been significant changes to the user documentation, which will certainly result in user feedback to improve it.
Next release (3.0) will be December. This is a VERY IMPORTANT release, as it will be the version used for EVLA early science. Will need LOTS of real-world testing. Developer freeze in Oct, test in Nov.
ABridger will visit Sep21/22 for CIPT Leads meeting
Additional Supporting Material
Operations-related work done by NAASC staff in August 2009:
hosted and attended SciOpsIPT f2f meeting near Green Bank WV Aug 9-11 (worked on agenda & documentation for SciOps Implementation Review)
Revised NAm ARC Implementation Plan for SciOps Implementation Review
reworked NAASC organizational structure within NRAO to better serve users and interface with other relevant NRAO organizations
Coordinated with CIPT, spectral line affectionadios, and related NRAO orgnizations on plans for ALMA operations for user portal, spectral line databases, software development & testing, pipeline operations
Wrote & revised sections of "DSO & ARC Coordinated Activities" document for for SciOps Implementation Review
Defined Science Program and continued planning for 4th NAASC science conference "Assembly, Gas Content and Star Formation History of Galaxies", to be held Sept 21-24 in Charlottesville VA.
Planning for ANASAC f2f meeting Sept 25-26 2009 - developed preliminary charges & agenda
Reviewed ALMA ops budget
Collected data on planned hardware maintenance activities for 2010+ for BE IPT
planning for October workshop "From Data Cubes to Science: Ancillary Data and Advanced Tools for ALMA"
Casa user support: 10 helpdesk tickets serviced
extensive participation in US Decadal Review activities
recalculated the expected SED for the MW at various redshifts with the 24 hour ALMA sensitivities for Early Science and full array, for presentation at NAASC september conference
implemented the basic machinery to simulate corruptions of synthetic data using the CASA measurement equation calibration heuristics
produced summary of considerations & open issues regarding spectral line OTF mapping with ALMA & distributed to working group
advertised for web application developer, to work with NRAO implementation of ALMA helpdesk & user portal
advertised for next next NAASC scientific staff hires
interviewed web content specialists
started first tour of NAm CSV Liaison to Chile
wrote draft of FAQ for NAASC travel to Chile for CSV support