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Sensing and Acquisition Architecture Specification and Instrument Integration Strategy Workshop


  • Date: August 5-7, 2008 (8:00-17:00)
  • Location: Calit2 (Atkinson Hall) #5004, UCSD, San Diego, CA
  • Duration: 3 days
  • Size: 8 invitees


The goal of the architecture specification workshop is to define the scope of the Sensing & Acquisition Subsystem capabilities, identify the gaps between subsystem technologies, and investigate how the technologies get integrated. The following topics will be covered during the workshop:

  • instrument data acquisition
  • data management associated with instruments
  • operations management and coordination
  • relationships with Planning & Prosecution, Data Management, and COI subsystems

For the Instrument Integration, to goal is to identify which are the instruments and the expected functions. The following topics will be covered during the workshop:

  • the communication between the instrument and the infrastructure: between the instrument and the instrument proxy, as well as between the instrument proxy and the infrastructure
  • the standard state model for instrument resources
  • the command set for data acquisition, as well as for management and monitoring


Day 1 (Tuesday, August 5)

Time Presenter/ Moderator Topic - Sensing and Acquisition
8:00   Breakfast
8:30 Matthew Arrott Welcome, introductions
8:45 Matthew Arrott OOI-CI scope, FDR goals, capabilities expected from the Sensing & Acquisition subsystem
9:00 Architecture team OOI-CI high-level architecture, current understanding of Sensing
Preliminary discussions on the models or terminology
9:30 Kent Lindquist Antelope overview
Discussions on the relation between Antelope and OOI-CI
10:00   Break
10:15 Kevin Gomes Sensors Project Overview
Discussions on the relation between the Sensors project and OOI-CI
10:45 Randy Butler Observatory Middleware Framework Overview
Discussions on the relation between OMF and OOI-CI
11:15 Mathieu LeMay IAAS Framework Overview
Discussions on the relation between IAAS and OOI-CI
11:45 Steve Chien EO-1 - CASPER
Discussions on the relation between CASPER & ASPEN and OOI-CI
12:15pm   Lunch
01:00pm Architecture team Working Session 1: Sensing & Acquisition responsibilities/actions
03:00pm   Break
03:15pm All Working Session 2: refinement of operational nodes
05:00pm   End-of-Day
06:30pm   Dinner off site

Day 2 (Wednesday, August 6)

Time Presenter/ Moderator Topic - Sensing and Acquisition
8:00   Breakfast
8:30 All Working Session 3: interaction protocol required for accessing the capabilities of the subsystem.
Usage scenario: instrument data acquisition and management.
10:00   Break
10:15 All Working Session 4: interaction protocol required for accessing the capabilities of the subsystem.
Usage scenario: operations management and coordination.
12:00pm   Lunch
01:00pm All Working Session 5: mapping of technologies to logical nodes
03:00pm   Break
    Topic -Instrument Integration Strategy
03:15pm Matthew
Presentations on the current deployment model for the Marine networks
03:45pm All Working Session 1: define instrument characterization and classification
05:00pm   End-of-Day

Day 3 (Thursday, August 7)

Time Presenter/ Moderator Topic - Instrument Integration Strategy
8:00   Breakfast
08:30 All Working Session 2: use cases for the Instrument Test and Certification Facility
10:00   Break
10:15 All Working Session 3: commands for instruments (monitor & control, data acquisition) and
state models beyond U.I.A (Unitialized, Inactive, Active).
12:00pm   Lunch
01:00pm All Working Session 4: driver implementation strategy (setting priorities).
02:45pm   Break
03:00pm Matthew Arrott FDR Plan, action items 
03:30pm   Workshop adjourns


  • Mathieu LeMay, WHOI
  • Kent Lindquist, Lindquist
  • Frank Vernon, SIO
  • Kevin Gomes, MBARI
  • Duane Edgington, MBARI
  • Steve Chien, JPL (will attend the first 1-2 days)
  • Randal Butler, NCSA
  • Terry Fluery, NCSA (will attend a meting with COI held in parallel with the Instrument Integration workshop)
  • Von Welch, NCSA (will attend a meting with COI held in parallel with the Instrument Integration workshop)
  • Matthew Arrott, UCSD
  • Claudiu Farcas, UCSD
  • Emilia Farcas, UCSD
  • Michael Meisinger, UCSD

Preparation Materials

Relevant documents from CI-ADT

The initial draft for some of the Sensing & Acquisition (SA) subsystem architecture documents as tailored from the overall OOI-CI DoDAF documents:

Pre-workshop presentations

The objective of the pre-workshop presentations is to identify the major of the subsystem capabilities, open technology issues, and dependencies/commitments on/to the CI and these technologies prior to the meeting.

The calls will last for 90 min (30 min presentations + discussions). The participants need to prepare a 30 min design and/or technically presentation for the each of the technologies being considered for the Sensing and Acquisition system:

Teleconference Schedule Presenter Topic
Tuesday, July 29th,
from 2:00pm - 3:30pm PDT
Kevin Gomes Sensors Project
Wednesday, July 30th,
from 11:00am - 12:30pm PDT
Kent Lindquist Antelope
Wednesday July 30th,
from 12:30 - 2:00 pm PDT
Randy Butler Observatory Middleware Framework
Thursday July 31st,
from 9:00am - 10:30am PDT
Mathieu LeMay IAAS Framework

Presentations and Workshop Materials

Workshop Results

Logistics and Reimbursement

All workshop participants should make their own flight arrangements to San Diego and retain receipts for reimbursement through Karen Schwamb at Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution.  Karen's contact information is:

Karen Schwamb / Administrative Associate
Applied Ocean Physics and Engineering Department
Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution
266 Woods Hole Rd., MS 7
Woods Hole, MA  02543
Telephone:  508-289-2675 / Fax:  508-457-2006

We've reserved (and prepaid for) rooms for workshop attendees traveling from out of town at the Estancia La Jolla at 9700 N. Torrey Pines Road, La Jolla, CA 92037 (858.550.1000).  They provide plenty of information (including directions) on their web site.

Workshop attendees will be responsible for incidentals. Please retain your receipts (if necessary) for reimbursement through Karen.

A taxi from the airport to the hotel is quickest and easiest way to the hotel.  At that point, we encourage you to coordinate with other attendees for transportation from the hotel to the workshop location (Room 5004 Atkinson Hall - Warren College ).  For those who might wish to walk from the hotel to campus, we recommend that you give yourself 20 to 30 minutes - this is an estimate for a brisk paced walk with some hills.  Your foot route from the hotel to Atkinson Hall (F-6 on the campus map- W in Warren College) is East on Pangea (across Torrey Pines Road from the hotel entrance), straight onto Thurgood Marshall Lane, dogleg right then left onto Voigt Drive, straight across Hopkins Drive, down the hill, up the hill - and you're at Atkinson. 

For those who choose to rent a car and drive - on-campus parking requires the purchase of a daily permit from kiosks located at the visitor information centers or in the newer parking structures.  Keep the permit for reimbursement through Karen.  When driving to campus from the hotel, turn left onto North Torrey Pines Road, and turn right at the second light onto North Point Drive.  Get into the right lane and turn right at the second stop sign.  This is the visitor's center where you can buy a parking pass.  Turn right out of the visitors center onto North Point Drive, which becomes Hopkins Drive and go straight through 2 construction stops.  At the third stop, turn left on Voigt Drive and turn left at the next stop to enter Parking Lot P-0502.  If you arrive late, and cannot find parking in Lot 502, please proceed back up the hill and park in the new parking structure (not shown on this map) on the Northwest corner of the intersection of Hopkins and Voigt.  This parking structure has its own parking pass kiosks - so if you don't mind the short walk from there to Atkinson - you can skip the detour to the visitor information center and proceed to the parking structure.

Rita Bauer ( can help with driver-rider coordination if you will let her know what your itinerary is.  Her contact information is:

Rita M. Bauer
Special Projects Coordinator
Scripps Institution of Oceanography
University of California San Diego
9500 Gilman Drive #0225
La Jolla, CA 92093-0225
858.822.3372 (Fax) 

Workshop attendees will receive breakfast and lunch, but you will be on your own for dinner each day, so we'll provide a list of local restaurants to make your selection easier.  Woods Hole meal perdiem reimbursement rate is limited to $57 per day.  As a single meal, dinner is limited to $30.  Karen will reimburse meals at these rates.

We hope this provides you with the information you need - but if not - please do not hesitate to contact Karen or Rita should you have questions regarding the workshop or need assistance in making your arrangements.

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