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Title: JBluIce-EPICS control system for macromolecular crystallography.

The trio of macromolecular crystallography beamlines constructed by the General Medicine and Cancer Institutes Collaborative Access Team (GM/CA-CAT) in Sector 23 of the Advanced Photon Source (APS) have been in growing demand owing to their outstanding beam quality and capacity to measure data from crystals of only a few micrometres in size. To take full advantage of the state-of-the-art mechanical and optical design of these beamlines, a significant effort has been devoted to designing fast, convenient, intuitive and robust beamline controls that could easily accommodate new beamline developments. The GM/CA-CAT beamline controls are based on the power of EPICS for distributed hardware control, the rich Java graphical user interface of Eclipse RCP and the task-oriented philosophy as well as the look and feel of the successful SSRL BluIce graphical user interface for crystallography. These beamline controls feature a minimum number of software layers, the wide use of plug-ins that can be written in any language and unified motion controls that allow on-the-fly scanning and optimization of any beamline component. This paper describes the ways in which BluIce was combined with EPICS and converted into the Java-based JBluIce, discusses the solutions aimed at streamlining and speeding up operations and gives anmore » overview of the tools that are provided by this new open-source control system for facilitating crystallographic experiments, especially in the field of microcrystallography.« less
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  1. (Biosciences Division)
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Publication Date:
OSTI Identifier:
1013996
Report Number(s):
ANL/BIO/JA-67893
Journal ID: 0907-4449; TRN: US1102588
DOE Contract Number:
DE-AC02-06CH11357
Resource Type:
Journal Article
Resource Relation:
Journal Name: Acta Crystallogr. D; Journal Volume: 67; Journal Issue: 2011
Research Org:
Argonne National Laboratory (ANL)
Sponsoring Org:
NIH; SC
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
ENGLISH
Subject:
43 PARTICLE ACCELERATORS; ADVANCED PHOTON SOURCE; AUTOMATION; CAPACITY; CONTROL SYSTEMS; CRYSTALLOGRAPHY; DATA ACQUISITION; DESIGN; ECLIPSE; JAVA; MEDICINE; NEOPLASMS; OPTIMIZATION