EISCAT

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EISCAT (European Incoherent Scattter) maintains three radar system and uses them to study the interaction between the Sun and the Earth as revealed by disturbances in the magnetosphere and the ionised parts of the atmosphere (these interactions also give rise to the spectacular aurora, or Northern Lights). The radars are operated in both Common and Special Programme modes, depending on the particular research objective, and Special Programme time is accounted and distributed between the Associates according to rules which are published from time to time.

This system uses RTEMS MVME162 boards in transmitter and the receiver crates to provide auxiliary read-out and monitoring of various parts of the radar hardware (access to the transmitter modules, frequency programming in the exciter module, interlock switch read-out, etc.) as well as the basic engineering inter-face for expert intervention and stand-alone debugging.

Reference: http://www.eiscat.uit.no/papers/rt95.ps


The EISCAT project was responsible for the first submitted BSP in RTEMS in the early 1990's. Even then it was capable of supporting a port of the ncurses library. Dr. Misha Savitski was responsible for submitting the MVME162 BSP and also has the distinction of being the first person in the RTEMS world that I (JoelSherrill) wondered whatever happened to.

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