Interview: The Driver Behind NASA's Mars Rovers
Nov 19, 2007, 13:00 (3 Talkback[s])
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"What software and hardware do you use to do your
"Since this is a one-of-a-kind endeavour, the software is almost
all custom-built, as you can imagine. We wrote software for driving
the Rovers, a collection of tools known as RSVP--the Rover
Sequencing and Visualization Program. We use a lot of other
custom-written software, written in all kinds of computer
languages--Java, Perl, Python, shell scripts, you name it. When we
need more, we write it.
"It all runs on a collection of high-end Linux boxes--nice
systems, but commodity PC hardware. Since 3-D visualisation is a
big part of the job, the Linux boxes sport bonzer NVIDIA graphics