1. Simulation User Page
After registering a new user or logging in to an existing account, you will get to the SIMULATOR USER
page. This page serves as the main site from which to create, manage and run your Simulations.
It is divided in three parts: a short description of the SIMULATOR
capabilities on top, the CREATE NEW SIMULATION
section in the middle, and the SIMULATIONS
management section below.
A more detailed explanation on how the SIMULATOR
works can be found in the SIMULATOR MANUAL
To create a new Simulation, the user has to click on the NEW SIMULATION
button. This will open the NEW SIMULATION PAGE
2. New Simulation
The NEW SIMULATION
page is divided in two sections: the SIMULATION MAIN INFORMATION
section and the INSTRUMENT AND CHANNEL
In the middle SIMULATION MAIN INFORMATION
section the user can introduce a NAME
and any COMMENTS
related to this Simulation. These fields are not required, and if none is typed in, a placeholder text will be set in both cases.
The user then must select the INSTRUMENT
to use in the SIMULATION
. Currently, only one INSTRUMENT
is available for the users, the FCU
, with two of its CHANNELS
After the user selects the desired combination, press the CREATE SIMULATION
button to create the new Simulation.
Once the Simulation is created, it will automatically open the option to modify some of the parameters for the user. These parameters are the OBSERVING PARAMETERS
and the SUB FIELD
parameters. Some default values will be uploaded automatically once a Simulation is created. If the user does not modify any parameter, its default value will be used in the Simulation.
The OBSERVING PARAMETERS
Exposure time: the time of each of the exposures, in seconds.
Center of Field RA/DEC: coordinates (RA/DEC) in the center of field.
Position angle of CCD/CMOS/MCP X axis (deg): orientation of the CCD with respect to the focal plane, in degrees.
CCD/CMOS/MCP X/Y offset: offset of the CCD/CMOS/MCP origin from the center of the focal plane, in millimeters.
Catalogue file: file in CSV form with the stellar catalogue, with RA, DEC, and flux of the source in erg per square centimeters per second.
if no Catalogue File
is uploaded by the user, a default one will be used.
The SUBFIELD PARAMETERS
Zero point X/Y: sub field zero point relative to CCD/CMOS/MCP, in pixels.
Sub pixel per pixel: number of sub pixels in which each pixel will be divided.
Size X/Y: size of the sub field in the X/Y (columns/rows) directions of the CCD/CMOS/MCP, in pixels.
Additionally, the user can decide to create a new Simulation from this page by clicking on the NEW SIMULATION
button. This will re-start the creation of a new Simulation. WARNING
: all the unsaved data will be lost.
3. Manage Simulations
Finally, once a Simulation is created, it will appear in the USER PAGE
Now the Simulation is created, but is still not running. The user has the option to MODIFY
it with the corresponding buttons. To RUN
the Simulation, press the RUN
button. The status of the Simulation will then change to PENDING (P)
It will stay this way until the Simulator is free and can run the Simulation, in which case its status will change to RUNNING (R)
. After this, two possible outcomes will happen: the Simulation will run successfully, in which case its status will update to COMPLETED (C)
, or some error may occur, in which case its status will change to ERROR (E)
. In both cases, the RESULTS
button will be available to the user to download the files of both outcomes: FITS file, XML file, and LOG file.
The system will only run one Simulation at a time, but the user can create any number of Simulations, and leave them running, for the application to process them.