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J Synchrotron Radiat. 2002 Nov 1;9(Pt 6):401-6. Epub 2002 Nov 1.

Blu-Ice and the Distributed Control System: software for data acquisition and instrument control at macromolecular crystallography beamlines.

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Stanford Synchrotron Radiation Laboratory, 2575 Sand Hill Road, MS 69, Menlo Park, CA 94025, USA.

Abstract

The Blu-Ice and Distributed Control System (DCS) software packages were developed to provide unified control over the disparate hardware resources available at a macromolecular crystallography beamline. Blu-Ice is a user interface that provides scientific experimenters and beamline support staff with intuitive graphical tools for collecting diffraction data and configuring beamlines for experiments. Blu-Ice communicates with the hardware at a beamline via DCS, an instrument-control and data-acquisition package designed to integrate hardware resources in a highly heterogeneous networked computing environment. Together, Blu-Ice and DCS provide a flexible platform for increasing the ease of use, the level of automation and the remote accessibility of beamlines. Blu-Ice and DCS are currently installed on four Stanford Synchrotron Radiation Laboratory crystallographic beamlines and are being implemented at sister light sources.

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12409628
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