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Providing Remote Access to Robotic Telescopes by Adopting Grid Technology

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Granzer, T., Breitling, F., Braun, M., Enke, H., & Röblitz, T. (2007). Providing Remote Access to Robotic Telescopes by Adopting Grid Technology.


Cite as: http://hdl.handle.net/11858/00-001M-0000-0013-B169-3
Abstract
We present an architecture for enabling remote access to robotic telescopes through the adoption of Grid technology. With this architecture, Internet connected robotic telescopes form a global network and are controlled by a global resource management system (scheduler), similar to individual compute resources in a Grid. By virtualizing the access to these telescope resources and by describing them and observation requests in a generic language (RTML). Astronomers are provided with an interface to a telescope network, from which they can get the appropriate resources for their observations. Moreover, new kinds of coordinated observations become feasible, such as multi-wavelength campaigns or immediate and continuous monitoring of transient astronomical events. This paper describes the architecture, the processing of observation requests and new research topics in a global network of robotic telescopes.