WP5: Engineering-level software
Work Package 5 will develop the low-level software necessary to power on and test the Test Subarray. This includes software for the radar controller and exciter, and for the sub-array beam former. The software architecture must, however, also eventually support the operation of the entire EISCAT_3D system when additional layers are added. As a result, the engineering-level software must be designed to be both scalable and distributed. Similarly, the software interfaces and the specific programming languages must be chosen with long-term support and maintenance in mind.
Portions of the software will be provided by hardware subsystem vendors, so, in addition to actual programming, this work package will also develop interfaces to those hardware components. To some extent, the software interface development will need to be done jointly with manufacturers and this work package will perform that task.