May 14, 2018 - A major milestone has been reported from Cerro Pachón: installation of the first summit network equipment took place at the beginning of May. After readying the summit computer room, which included ensuring the space was appropriately clean and temperature-controlled, the IT team began installing servers in this space, which will serve as the central hub of communications on Cerro Pachón.
Eventually the racks in the summit computer room will be filled with switches that enable communication between the various telescope systems on the summit. The racks will also contain the equipment to light up the network connecting the summit with the base facility in La Serena and beyond, as described in this recent news post.
The team also installed a temporary network connection for internet, email, and phones on the summit. Congratulations to everyone who helped with this achievement, especially Sammy Flores, IT Electronic Technician at CISS; Guido Maulen, IT Network Technician for LSST (featured in the photo above); Luis Corral, Network Engineer for LSST; and Andres Villalobos, IT Systems Engineer for LSST.
Photos from this installation are available in the LSST Gallery.
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