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Developing Real-Time Control for the World's Largest Telescope Using NI LabVIEW With Multicore Functionality

For a size comparison, two humans and a car stand next to the E-ELT. The M1 primary mirror, which is 42 m in diameter, features segmented mirror construction.

"NI engineers proved that we can, in fact, use LabVIEW and the LabVIEW Real-Time Module to implement a COTS-based solution and control multicore computation for real-time results."

- Jason Spyromilio, European Southern Observatory

The Challenge:
Using commercial off-the-shelf (COTS) solutions for high-performance computing (HPC) in active and adaptive optics real-time control in extremely large telescopes.

The Solution:
Combining the NI LabVIEW graphical programming environment with multicore processors to develop a real-time control system and prove that COTS technology can control the optics in the European Extremely Large Telescope (E-ELT), which is currently in the design and prototyping phases.

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