The Combechem MQTT LEGO microscope: a grid enabled scientific apparatus demonstrator

Robinson, Jamie M., Frey, Jeremy G., De Roure, D. C., Stanford-Clark, Andrew J., Reynolds, Andrew D., Bedi, Bharat V. and Conway-Jones, D. (2006) The Combechem MQTT LEGO microscope: a grid enabled scientific apparatus demonstrator. In, Proceedings of the Fifth All Hands Meeting. UK e-Science All Hands Meeting 2006 (AHM2006) UK, National eScience Center, 393-396.


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Grid computing impacts directly on the experimental scientific laboratory in the areas of monitoring and remote control of experiments, and the storage, processing and dissemination of the resulting data.
We highlight some of the issues in extending the use of an MQ Telemetry Transport (MQTT) broker from facilitating the remote monitoring of an experiment and its environment to the remote control of an apparatus.
To demonstrate these techniques, an Intel-Play QX3 microscope has been "grid-enabled" using a combination of software to control the microscope imaging, and sample handling hardware built from LEGO Mindstorms. The whole system is controlled remotely by passing messages using an IBM WebSphere Message Broker.

Item Type: Book Section
ISBNs: 0955398800 (hardback)
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Keywords: grid, message queueing telemetry transport, ibm, broker, publish-subscribe,
Subjects: Q Science > QA Mathematics > QA75 Electronic computers. Computer science
Q Science > QD Chemistry
Q Science > QA Mathematics > QA76 Computer software
Divisions : University Structure - Pre August 2011 > School of Electronics and Computer Science
University Structure - Pre August 2011 > School of Chemistry
ePrint ID: 45432
Accepted Date and Publication Date:
October 2006Published
April 2006Submitted
Date Deposited: 30 Mar 2007
Last Modified: 31 Mar 2016 12:19

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