Distributed Instrument Control on the DND-CAT Beamlines at the APS.

John Quintana
Northwestern University, Dupont-Northwestern-Dow Collaborative Access Team

Even though the DND-CAT beamlines at the Advanced Photon Source are still in the commissioning phase, we have had over one hundred users pass through our facility performing a variety of experiments including EXAFS, powder diffraction crystallography, imaging, and small angle scattering. In order to accomodate this wide variety of experiments, we have developed and are continuing to develop a distributed instrument control system called SCIPE (Simple Control Interface Protocol for Experimenters). We will present an outline of the as well as our experience to date.

(posted 16-Oct-97 jw)