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Name of Collaboratory :


DYNAmically COnfigurable Remote Experiment Monitoring & Control (DYNACORE)


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Collaboratory Status :

Operational   Start Date : 1998 End Date : Not Available Info Last Updated : Fri, Dec 5 2003 4:01am PST

Primary Collaboratory Function :

  Shared Instrument  

Secondary Collaboratory Functions :

  Community Data Systems  

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Brief Description of the Collaboratory :


DYNACORE is a collaboratory that joins astronomers in a loose federation (project-oriented associations) that allows one or more users to collaborate using one or more instruments (e.g. telescopes) for experimentation or observation. DYNACORE's software and systems architecture tools offer remote operation capabilities for experiments and facilities that require real-time control and multimedia information feedback. Using communications infrastructure available to European researchers, user(s) and/or the system can access reference archives during experiment execution, preparation, or analysis; video-conference; share blackboards; and use other tools that allow inter-user communication and information exchange. A set of operation rules define the instrument(s) and allow a dynamical configuration of DYNACORE.


Access to Instruments :

  DYNACORE offers several tele-operation services:
1. Session establishment and management
2. Command execution
3. System monitoring
4. System configuration and calibration
5. Data storage and dissemination
6. Access to historical data

Access to Information Resources :

  Off-line activities (experiment preparation and analysis): command sequence preparation

Information retrieval: schedules, user data, log book, local archive and/or catalog

Access to People as Resources :


Funding Agency or Sponsor :

European Commission
Telematics Application Programme

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Notes on Participants/Organizations:
European users from 5 astronomy institutes, 2 plasma physicists, 3 of them integrating laboratories in demonstrators (and 2 partially), all of them working in the requirement definition and in the validation.


Communications Technology Used :

  The DYNACORE communications infrastructure supports information exchange through data, video, audio, messages, events, etc...  

Technical Capabilities :

  Support for transition between synch and asynch
Directory of services/experts/resources, Shared calendars
Asynchronous object sharing
Index/metadata, General search capability, Vetted knowledge based of multiple authors, Data stream capture, Audit trail of events, Email/attachments
Asynchronous conversation
Web forms, Email
Synchronous object sharing
Instrument monitoring, Shared instrument control, Electronic whiteboards, Data conferencing
Synchronous conversation
Audio, Video, Instant messaging/chat
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Project-reported performance data :

  Structural Diagram :      
  Images of the Collaboratory:  
the main components of DYNACORE and its relations
Several users participate in a DYNACORE session, related with a particular instrument.
The same user can be connected to several DYNACORE sessions (using several instruments).
DYNACORE users can communicate and exchange information among them (collaboration).
the HVM (Horzontal-Vertical-Metadata) principle
the main logical components of DYNACORE system, and its interactions
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