Array configuration design and performance evaluation software by Mattieu de Villiers (mattieu@...). Three versions are available:
- iAntConfig - OS X program (main version)
- AntConfigServer - OS X command line program
- AntConfig - Windows program (older version - further development discontinued)
iAntConfig (for OS X)
iAntConfig helps the user to design an interferometer layout for radio astronomy. The program allows the user to import or create layouts which can be further tweaked or optimized. Regions and altitude maps can be used to enforce real world constraints.
The layouts are interactively simulated for given observation settings, and are characterised by evaluating performance metrics. These, and other simulation results can be viewed side-by-side, or in an overlapped manner in order to compare the behaviour of different layouts effectively.
iAntConfig is the successor of the Windows program AntConfig and uses the simulation core AntConfigServer. This program is suitable for large scale interferometer design where earth curvature plays a significant role.
- Macintosh running OSX Leopard / Snow Leopard / Lion
- MacBookPro? recommended
- A 'Mighty Mouse' if you dont have a MAC trackpad.
- 2GB RAM
For download, see attached files for OS X:
For help, look at the attached videos:
AntConfigServer (for OS X)
AntConfigServer is a unix based command line program that can either be used directly, or indirectly through Matlab or Python scripts. Its functions are to perform simulations, evaluate the performance of a layout and also to optimize layouts. The source code is identically used in iAntConfig.
Using AntConfigServer with Matlab offers greater flexibility for batch mode evaluation of layouts than is possible using the iAntConfig interface.
The Matlab interface also gives direct programmatic access to all variables.
For download, see attached file for OS X:
AntConfig (for Windows)
Note: Development of the Windows version of AntConfig provided here is discontinued and replaced by the iAntConfig OS X program above.
AntConfig is suitable for the design of arrays with baselines up to 20 km where the earth curvature does not have a significant effect. Please rather use the iAntConfig program for OS X where this is a limitation or for many updated features.
Minimum System Requirements:
- Windows XP (works on virtual machines as well)
- 1GHz CPU (3GHz recommended)
- 1GB RAM
- Mouse with wheel
For download, see attached file for Windows: