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Don't get taken by surprise: planning for software obsolescence management at the ALMA Observatory
Author(s): Erich Schmid; George Kosugi; Jorge Ibsen; Morgan Griffith
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Paper Abstract

ALMA is still a young and evolving observatory with a very active software development group that produces new and updated software components regularly. Yet we are coming to realize that - after well over a decade of development - not only our own software, but also technologies and tools we depend upon, as well as the hardware we interface with, are coming of age. Software obsolescence management is needed, but surprisingly is not something we can just borrow from other observatories, or any other comparable organization. Here we present the challenges, our approaches and some early experiences.

Paper Details

Date Published: 26 July 2016
PDF: 11 pages
Proc. SPIE 9913, Software and Cyberinfrastructure for Astronomy IV, 99131A (26 July 2016); doi: 10.1117/12.2231189
Show Author Affiliations
Erich Schmid, European Southern Observatory (Germany)
George Kosugi, National Astronomical Observatory of Japan (Japan)
Jorge Ibsen, Joint ALMA Observatory (Chile)
Morgan Griffith, National Radio Astronomy Observatory (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 9913:
Software and Cyberinfrastructure for Astronomy IV
Gianluca Chiozzi; Juan C. Guzman, Editor(s)

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