CIMA Latest News

Important news about CIMA

This page gives You some important news about CIMA. For more detailed news and information, please, check the various web pages available on the CIMA homepage, especially the ones containing logs and descriptions of current versions.

The CIMA version history log is the most up-to-date page which lists all changes made to different versions of CIMA.

08 July 2013: CIMA-PUPPI

The PUPPI test version of CIMA has been released.

Please note that this is a test version:

22 April 2013: ProjectID Area

In 'Line' mode, CIMA will look for project directory first in '/share/obs4/usr/', and if not found, then in '/share/obs4/usr/pulsars' . In 'Pulsar' mode, CIMA will first look for project directory in '/share/obs4/usr/pulsar', and if not found, then in '/share/obs4/usr/'.

Current setup wont be affected. Problems might happen if there is project directory both in '/share/obs4/usr/' and '/share/obs4/usr/pulsar'.
So I would seek your help to :

13 November 2012: Vacation

Due to injury in my hand I was in sick leave between 07 May - 30 Sep, 2012. If you have send me bugs during this period, I will look into it, but feel free to email them to me again. I am on vacation between 20 Dec - 10 Jan, but reachable through email.

15 March 2012: Version Cleanup for 02 April 2012

Before After Comments
Svnwork Stable No Updates
Mocksp Stable No Updates
Smart Stable Update configuration file
Normal Old No Updates
Old Stable Rigorous updates needed
Untested Stable No Updates

15 March 2012: Frozen Version

Svnwork, Mocksp, Smart, Old and Untested Versions have been copied over to Frozen Versions. These frozen versions are to facilitate users during the transition process of migrating to a new CIMA Version. DO NOT use these versions on a CONTINUOUS basis, as these Versions will not be maintained. In cases where you still want to use them, you can do so by clicking on the "Frozen_Versions" button on the CIMA selection window. From terminal use the following commands respectively:

Version Name Version Number Command
Svnwork a.1.02 cima --a /home/cima/Software/frozen_old_versions/a.1
Mocksp 3.2.05 cima --a /home/cima/Software/frozen_old_versions/3.2
Smart 3.1.08 cima --a /home/cima/Software/frozen_old_versions/3.1
Old 2.2.40 cima --a /home/cima/Software/frozen_old_versions/2.2
Untested x.x.00 cima --a /home/cima/Software/frozen_old_versions/x.x

15 March 2012: Stable Version 3.3

01 March 2012: Several Updates

The previous CIMA administrator had to leave and this page has not been updated since. Here is a summary of major updates since January 2009. More detailed information can be found at The CIMA version history log and The CIMA user's log.

16 December 2008: CIMA version 3.1 ("Smart") released

Version 3.1 of CIMA called "Smart" has been officially released. Among the new features are better support of the Mock spectrometer for ALFA observations, some new options for the use of winking cal and continuous data taking for all spectral line observing modes, some new command file features as well as the new smart basketweaving observing mode. You can read about the new version here. Also note that many CIMA web pages (like the visual guide to the CIMA windows) already are updated for this new version.

4 December 2008: Two new web pages added

A new web page describing the data taking modes available in CIMA has been added as well as a new page outlining the new 'auto-observing' mode which will be developed for CIMA version 3.2.

27 October 2008: New default version of CIMA

Version 3.0 of CIMA which so far has been called 'Next' has become the default version and its name has been changed to 'Normal' as a result of this. The previous 'Normal' version (version 2.2) has been renamed the 'Old' version. The old version of CIMA will be available at least until the end of this year, but all users are recommended to switch over to version 3.0 as soon as convenient. All observers are strongly recommended to try out version 3.0 in off-line mode before using it on the telescope.

NOTE the incompatibility issues with the previous versions of CIMA! Observers using 2.2 and earlier versions of CIMA are advised to consider the following four points:

For further information, see this web page.

27 September 2008: Even more new web pages

Links have been added to the CIMA software components web page so that You now can see examples of how the various CIMA programs appear. This also includes CIMA itself so that You now can see all windows that You may encounter during Your observing session (only for version 3.0 of CIMA).

24 September 2008: More new web pages

A new set of web pages describing new observing capabilities has been added as well as a new page describing some common problems encountered when observing with CIMA and another web page describing how the different backends are supported from CIMA.

16 September 2008: New web pages added

A new web page describing the log formats used both in the CIMA log display windows and in the CIMA log files has been added as well as a new page describing buttons and error handling.

2 July 2008: CIMA version 2.3 'Unusable' removed

The development version of the next generation of CIMA (called version 2.3 'Unusable') has been removed since the official version (called 3.0 'Next') is available.

12 June 2008: Next generation of CIMA officially installed

The next generation of CIMA called 3.0 'Next' has been officially installed. It replaces the 2.3 'Unusable' version which was used for the development, and users of version 2.3 should switch to 3.0 as soon as possible. Note that You will have to reselect Your preferences since there has been a minor modification to the preference data. Configuration files from version 2.3 will also be reported as 'old' by version 3.0. To upgrade them, make a 'Load and apply' of the old configuration file and then save a new configuration file. Version 2.2 'Normal' is the old version. It has been upgraded to be compatible with modifications to the SCRAMNET broadcasts, WAPP communication and support library modifications and there is thus risks that bugs have been introduced. Apart from urgent bug fixes, all development of version 2.2 has (since long) been terminated. Version 3.0 is the future of CIMA and includes a lot of modifications and improvements. The improvements come with a price though: catalog files may need updating, command file syntax has changed and old configuration files can't be used - new ones have to be created with the new version. All observers are encouraged to migrate over to version 3.0, which will become the default version very soon, but do try it out off-line BEFORE getting on to the telescope to get familiar with it. The old version will be kept on-line for at least 6 months, maybe longer, to give all observers plenty of time to move over to the new version. Remember that You always can try out the new 3.0 version in off-line mode to see how it works. Some web pages have been updated to contain information on version 3.0 (2.3): the source catalog page, the preferences page, the log format page, the configuration file page and the command file page.

7 December 2007: CIMA WAPP software, CIMAFITS and WAPP pulsar header upgrade

A new version of the CIMA WAPP software has been installed which enables the WAPPs to run in 'dual board mode', where the two boards of each WAPP is used as an individual spectrometer or pulsar machine, thus allowing the WAPPs to cover up to 800 MHz bandwidth compared to 400 MHz in single board mode. As a result of this upgrade, the WAPP pulsar headers had to be upgraded to include extra information about the dual board mode. There has also been some bug fixes both to WAPP pulsar headers as well as to the CIMAFITS headers. Most of the bug fixes only affects engineering parameters, but one serious bug has been found and corrected which involves the automatic power adjustment in single polarization mode for the 'B' channel, which did not work properly. Observers that have been taking data with the WAPPs in single polarization pol-B mode either in spectral line or in pulsar mode should be aware that their data may be corrupted due to the fact that too little or too much power was going into the WAPPs during the observation. This bug has been in the system all the time up until now.

20 February 2007: Mailing list for CIMA news

A mailing list for distributing news about CIMA modifications and bug fixes have been set up. Anyone interested in receiving such news about CIMA, can sign up to this mailing list by sending an email with the word "subscribe" in the header to ''. If You wish to subscribe using a different address, You can write "subscribe address=xxx@yyy.zzz" in the header.

General information for CIMA users

These are a few recommendations to CIMA users: All CIMA software is run from '/home/cima/bin'. Most software needed by the normal user like 'cima' itself or the 'alfadatawin' WAPP spectral line quick-look display have been set-up with links in '/usr/local/bin' so that the user should not have to bother about remembering the path. However, some software parts intended to be used mainly by the staff need to be called directly from the '/home/cima/bin' directory.

All WAPP spectral line data is accessible in the directory '/share/wappdata'. Avoid using names to specific disks like '/share/pserverf.sda3/wappdata' since they may change without warning.

This page is administered by Prakash Atreya ( patreya (a) naic . edu ) and was last updated on 13 November 2012.