Meeting Information

  • 1600 UT (1000 MDT)
  • AOC 317; IP:; phone: +1 575-835-7370


News, Travel, Visitors (McMullin)

  • Overall status: In A configuration (08 Jun); Correlator hardware (64 BlB) available. Continued work on data rates.
  • Key dates:
    • 08 Jun - 12 Sep: A configuration (move from 31 May - 08 Jun).
  • Staff Travel:
    • RP: 09 Aug - 21 Aug (URSI)
    • FO: 12 Aug - 12 Sep
    • RP: 10 Sep - 16 Sep (Brazil)
  • Visitors:
    • Michiel Brentjens: 11 Jun - 11 Nov (Holography; characterizing polarized beams)

Hardware status and updates (Langley, Perley, Rupen)

  • Array (Perley/Langley):
    • Antennas: EA23 moving to master pad this week.
    • Receivers: EA23 gets outfitted last week in August.
      • Perley: RF Switch testing status. More results (2nd run).
    • Calibration (Perley): Gain compression/expansion still being looked at.
  • WIDAR (Rupen):
    • Notes (Rupen/Sowinski): BlB's fully populated; StB rack fully populated (less deformatters). Software testing predominates (see testing below).
  • Computing (Robnett):
    • Notes:

Software status and updates (Butler)

Commissioning Group Reports and Test Planning

  • NOTE: Please cc me on submitted tests so that it can be assigned the appropriate priority!

Commissioning priorities for the week (McMullin, Chandler)

Configuration move week (work around these activities:
  • Mon
    • 1000-1700: Testing/software development time
    • 1800-0900: Science operations and testing
  • Tue:
    • 0900-1700: Maintenance operations
    • 1800-0900: Science operations and testing
  • Wed: Maintenance day
    • 0630-1700: Maintenance operations
    • 1800-0900: Science operations and testing
  • Thu:
    • 0900-1700: Testing/software development time
    • 1800-0900: Science operations and testing
  • Fri (not-yet-a-holiday):
    • 0900-1700: Testing/software development time
    • 1800-0900: Science operations and testing
  • Sat-Sun
    • Science operations + planned testing

Issues Affecting Science Observing:

  • Quick summary:
    • Last week many changes tested (firmware for BlBs, Executor, CM, CBE, OST); this week MCAF updated. Some issues; rolled back to a stable configuration prior to the weekend. Currently, can see a dropped scan when fast configuration changes.

  • Correlator: [Rupen/Carlson w/ Momjian/Sault] V stokes issues.Identified possible issues in the noise related to the 3-level phase rotator. Water maser data taken.
  • Correlator: [Pokorny/Rupen/McMullin] time mislabeling in SDM data (non-synchronous operation between correlator dumps and CBE can require additional 1/2 integration time padding for online flags). .Needs close-out testing.
  • Correlator: [Clark/Carlson] Delay rocking across bands. Ongoing discussion of implementation; pending Bryan's return
  • Array: [All] Zoo of other effects (some data are very good, some still seeing antenna-based IF/Polarization issue).

Testing This week/soon

  • [McMullin et al]; Expanded OSRO Testing for D configuration.
  • [Pokorny et al]; CBE data rate testing: behind schedule; will continue to test 'special' projects to clear to begin.
  • [Sowinski et al]; Executor update testing; some phased array testing (Thursday?).
  • [Goss et al]; Sub-band edge effects testing.
  • [Butler et al]; Executor update testing; planetary.
  • [Carlson et al]; V Stokes follow-up.
  • Subarrays: cleanup.
  • 3-bit sampler testing; automatic gain setting.
  • Stage 2 mixer testing to relax sub 128 MHz BW grids
  • Executor fshift algorithm (new; increments <100 Hz)
  • Holography mode testing.
  • Phased array/astrometry mode testing.
  • Correlator: Rupen: S-band shadow testing
  • Spectral line: Momjian: HI High resolution bandpass testing
  • Baseband edge/filter rolloff.
  • Sub-band dependent fshifts.
  • Array: *; Individual issue sleuthing (focus on phase jumps).

Commissioning Groups

    • Adv: Astrometry (Mioduszewski):
      • Notes: Preliminary results from Vivek/Andreas.
  • Calibrator Models
    • Notes: A configuration data being collected (3 SBs left).
  • HPC (Bhatnagar/Owen/Golap):
    • Notes: ~500 GB data set obtained.
  • Imaging (Ott/Golap):
    • Notes:
  • Algorithm (Bhatnagar, Owen):


RSRO A configuration status:

Individual reports (updates)


Demo Science Status


Misc Actions

  • Old/Low priority
  • [McMullin]: Review/recover metrics for Priority 0 items.
  • [Perley/McMullin]: SPW/IF/BB lexicon and mapper
  • [Rupen]: Development of WIDAR guidelines document
-- JosephMcMullin - 2011-08-09
Topic revision: r1 - 2011-08-09, JosephMcMullin
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