The Large Synoptic Telescope – The GUI Challenge
Sponsors of the telescope which is due to be built in Chile by 2014 include Google along with Brookhaven National Laboratory; Columbia University; the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics; Johns Hopkins University; Stanford University; Princeton University; Pennsylvania State University; University of Arizona; University of California, Davis; University of California, Irvine; and the University of Pennsylvania.
One of the trends in large astronomy projects is the need for a user interface that can cope with the complexity of the system. In this paper the authors discuss the challenges coming up and highlight the user interface as one key area that needs a solution. LabVIEW brings user interface tools to the problem of a multi-level control system that other languages most notably C++ do not.