Future Development Plans

The cliché "The proof is in the pudding" will be applicable to MONSOON. Until there are operational instruments on sky with some useful history to exploit, MONSOON will not be adopted in the sense that it is intended to be: as a generic architecture for detector image acquisition systems. This will occur in early 2007 when NEWFIRM, QUOTA, a KPNO instrument, and the DES test facility will be operational. All of these instruments will be equipped with the current technology MONSOON image acquisition systems. This current technology is called MONSOON "Orange", since the hardware modules carry orange anodized front panels.

Meanwhile, the development of MONSOON will continue for future NOAO projects. The ODI instrument configuration requires a very dense Detector Head Electronics (DHE) package that is currently under development. This repackaging also involves a redesign of the front-end hardware to reduce the power dissipation in the DHE. The goal of this work is to fit the hardware support required by four OTA detectors into a footprint covered by the shadow of the four detectors themselves. When this is achieved, MONSOON will be capable of efficiently supporting arbitrary large focal planes using similar dimensioned detectors. This development is called MONSOON "Green" for the same reason as explained above.

Development for ODI is running in parallel as a small scale version of the same redesigned hardware modules as a replacement detector controller for obsolete controller technology at the national observatories. This development, code named "TORRENT", will offer the advantage of common image acquisition systems to existing instrumentation at observatories that will reduce maintenance overhead caused by disparate detector controller systems in use at the observatories. Of course, the MONSOON developments explained here are likely in harmony with many other developments in the field of astronomy and imaging. We invite others to involve themselves in this common goal to provide detector-limited performance through common and easily maintained systems. This involvement can be through direct collaboration with the project at NOAO or through the simple adoption of MONSOON technology through the open license agreement. Finally, we wish to thank all those people who have so far in the past contributed to this project through peer review, constructive commentary, or just by listening. Through you we have been able to come this far without resorting to the use of an umbrella!

Peter Moore, the most prolific questioner at the workshop, even found a way to ask himself a question.

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