- Wil O'Mullane
- Stuart Marshall
- Monika Adamow
- Lauren MacArthur
- Michelle Butler
- Michael Reuter
- Amanda Bauer
- Jeffrey Carlin
- Leanne Guy
- Kevin Reil
- Eric Morganson
This is the first meeting of the observing team for ops rehearsal 2. In regular operations, there is a daily meeting called the "Nightly Plan meeting" according to the current version of the operations plan. The meeting is "Led by the Night time Operations manager or shift manager, includes a Production Scientist (Data Production), a Scheduler Scientist (Sys Perf), and an Observatory Support Scientist." The purpose of the meeting is to "Make sure the Data Facility is ready to process images and distribute alerts, flag issues from the previous evening’s observations."
The agenda below can be used to rehearse this kind of meeting which will be critical to ops success on nightly timescale. We don't have a scheduler aspect yet, but we can imagine changing the data taking set up as a prelude to nightly scheduling input.
For context of our discussions during this rehearsal, the operations plan lists the following as the high level activities for Observatory Operations (i.e. what happens in Chile):
The key responsibilities of Observatory Operations can be summarized as
- Creating the plan for both daily- and nightly activities, including procedures for on-the-fly decisions required during operations to adapt to variable environmental conditions;
- Collecting, managing and transferring survey, calibration, engineering, and environmental data from the summit hardware for processing in coordination with the Data Product Department;
- Real-time assessment and diagnosis of the quality of the acquired raw imaging and engineering data;
- Real-time tracking and diagnosis of survey progress metrics;
- Monitoring, maintaining, servicing, and optimizing the telescope, camera, summit facilities, and other equipment needed to support survey observing using a continuous maintenance plan; and
- Providing administrative support for Chilean staff (both Chilean and ex-patriate).
The Observatory Operation Department will require coordination with the other departments in the following ways including but not limited to:
Daily/Nightly verification with Data Products Department of system connectivity for data transport, archiving and support of Alert Production, overseen by the on-call shift manager;
- Quality Evaluation of daily Calibration Data Products (e.g. bias, dark and flatfield images) in near real time, as input data are acquired each afternoon. The QA is based on results from batch image processing made available from Data Production and System Performance. This is overseen by the Calibration Scientist;
- Systems Performance department for any adjustments to the strategic survey priorities, overseen by the Observatory Scientist in order to change observing strategies to respond either to newly discovered systematic effects in the data or in response to potential degraded telescope/camera performance;
- Inputs for modifications to Observatory system software (e.g. as may result from information flowing to Observatory Operations from Data Production and System Performance - see above bullet), overseen by the Observatory Software Manager.
These are well aligned with the activities we plan for this week.
- Status report from La Serena (Stalder). What data were obtained last night? "Real time assessment was in the slack channel:" Issue with condensation.
- Data transfer and processing (Gruendl). What was transferred and how long did it take. Processing status.
- Quality checks on data processed (MacArthur)
- Plan for night 2 (all).
|10m||Status LS||B Stalder|
|10m||Data Transfer and Processing||R Gruendl|
|30 min||Discussion and plan for n2||all|
Similar data as for n1. Will ask Kevin Reilto adjust illumination to add variance from n1. Much discussion about gen 2 v gen 3 and other levels of sophistication to plan for next rehearsal. Eventually this becomes commissioning. What is the most useful thing to do before commissioning.
Kevin Reil to adjust illumination on camera for flats