Robinson, Jamie M., Frey, Jeremy G., De Roure, D. C., Stanford-Clark, Andrew J., Reynolds, Andrew D., Bedi, Bharat V. and Conway-Jones, D.
The Combechem MQTT LEGO microscope: a grid enabled scientific apparatus demonstrator
In Proceedings of the Fifth All Hands Meeting.
National eScience Center. 4 pp, .
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.
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