What is Ygor?
Software is intangible, so we often create names for it. Ygor is the name
selected for the generic portion of the GBT monitor and control software.
The GBT control system is built using Ygor. It's not an acronym, but if
you must, we like Ygor Generic Operating Resource. (How about that,
an infinitely recursive acronym!)
What does Ygor do?
The Ygor system has been designed for control and monitoring of the many
pieces of hardware that make up the Green Bank (Radio) Telescope (GBT).
In order to do this Ygor must be able to command (i.e. setup system parameters)
and control (i.e. make an observation happen) these devices in an efficient
manner. Ygor also must provide monitoring for logging purposes, and an
alarm/messaging system for those un-expected failures.
Who is Ygor?
Ygor (pronounced ee-gor) was Dr Frankenstein's faithful servant. As a bit
of trivia, I found that neither the original
text by Shelly nor the first several Frankenstein movies had an Ygor.
The 1931 version of Frankenstein
had a character called Fritz. It wasn't until Lugosi
teamed with Karloff
in Son of Frankenstein(1939),
that the Ygor character appeared.
Why the name Ygor?
Well, why not? We thought long and hard about this (yeah right), and figured
that the icon of a faithful (but not too bright) assistant seemed fitting.
Last Update 9/22/1999
Disclaimer: Material by Joe Brandt, represents my opinions
and not the views of AUI or NRAO.