At the core of extreme scale telescopes operations is adaptive optics (AO) which requires the control, at the millisecond rate, of deformable mirrors with thousands of degrees of freedom. This is the role of the real-time controller (RTC), one of the core component of any AO module. To ensure adequate turbulence compensation, hence the stability of the system, the RTC computation time must be deterministic at the level of tens of microseconds, and the latency in data transfers between the sensors, the computing cores and the deformable optics should be minimal. To build this critical component of the telescope operations, the astronomical community is facing technical challenges, emerging from the combination of high data transfer bandwidth, low latency and high throughput requirements. Meeting the specifications of these real-time multi-sensors data-intensive computing facilities, to be installed on a remote site and to be operated continuously over several years, involves addressing three strategic topics in high performance computing systems design:
While the final design phase of ELTs instruments design is starting, this dedicated workshop, as a follow-up to the Durham 2011 and ESO Garching 2012 AO RTC workshops, aims at gathering the community around topics such as (but not limited to):
Sponsored by the Opticon Program supported by the European Commission's FP7 Capacities programme (Grant number 312430).