Adaptive Optics Software & Real Time Computer

Using ACE, our innovative and flexible software, controlling an AO loop has never been so easy.

acev3ACE (ALPAO Core Engine) is an innovative, flexible software architecture for adaptive optics. ACE allows you to quickly and efficiently develop your own adaptive optics instruments.

With ACE's object-oriented, modular architecture, you use only the modules needed to work efficiently. Performance is not sacrificed for ease-of-use. With ACE, it is possible to close the Adaptive Optics loop up to 1200Hz using ALPAO's deformable mirrors and wavefront sensors.

For the most demanding applications, ALPAO can provide you ALPAO Core Engine fast (ACE fast): a CPU linux based Real Time Computer running up to 5kHz with a pure delay lower than <150µs.

Key features

ACE Software
  • • Ease of use: user friendly interface customizable to your needs
  • • Flexibility: object-oriented modular architecture
  • • High performance: close the AO loop at up to 1200Hz with a pure delay around 1.5ms, Access to all data in real time.

ACE fast

  • • Speed: up to 5kHz
  • • Low latency and jitter: pure delay as low as 150µs
  • • Flexibility: modification of the code running on the control node

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" The overall benefit of the ALPAO Core Engine is that it permits us to spend less time at coding software and much more time doing what matters for us, science.
Denis Brousseau, Ph.D, Research associate at the Center for Optics, Photonics and Lasers (COPL)  

" It permits very rapid prototyping of control algorithms [...] We are extremely pleased with ALPAO's product and service."  
Ravi Jonnal, PhD, Miller Lab, Indiana University  

The main advantage of this real-time platform is the flexibility offered by its implementation in MATLAB® using the power of the orient object programming. [...] These characteristics make the ALPAO Core Engine the ideal tool for laboratory AO systems testing. "  
Emmanuel Aller Carpentier, Ph. D, European Southern Observatory