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Interview: The Driver Behind NASA's Mars Rovers

Nov 19, 2007, 13:00 (3 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Dahna McConnachie)

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"What software and hardware do you use to do your job?

"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 cards..."

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