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The Autoreducer GUI provides quick look reductions of GPI data with minimal (or no) human intervention. It watches one directory for newly arrived FITS files. When a new file is detected, the Autoreducer creates a recipe to reduce that one file based on a pre-identified template recipe, and adds that recipe to the queue. It also can optionally display on screen the new file.


The Autoreducer GUI is intended primarily for making real-time quicklook reductions at the telescope during observations. It’s included in the pipeline distribution in case users want to run it themselves for some reason, but it’s not particularly useful as a general purpose tool.


Basic Operation

After opening the Autoreducer window, the user should select the directory to watch for incoming files, using the Change directory button at the top of the window. Once the desired directory is selected, press the Start button. The autoreducer will start polling that directory at 1 Hz.

When new files are detected, the filenames will appear in the ‘Detected FITS files’ section of the screen. If the View new files in GPItv option is enabled (Options menu), the new image will be sent to a GPItv session.

The automatic reducer will use these templates:

  • “Quicklook Automatic Datacube Extraction” (for spectral mode)
  • “Quicklook Automatic Polarimetry Extraction” (for polarimetry mode)
  • “Quicklook Automatic Undispersed Extraction” (for the no dispersion engineering mode)

If you want to change what actions the Automatic Reducer does for new files, edit your local copies of these templates.

Re-Reducing Files

You can re-reduce any given file by selecting it in the Detected FITS files list and pressing the Reprocess Selection button. This will treat that file as if it were newly arrived, and will create and queue a reduction recipe.

Reduction Options

The recipe set that is used by the Automatic Reducer is pretty limited. For more control over reductions, use the Data Parser or Recipe Editor tools.

You can choose to, instead of using the default Quicklook recipes mentioned above, apply some specific other recipe. Just press the Specific Recipe checkbox and select the desired template from the drop down list.

The Options Menu allows configuration of several behaviors:

  • View new files in GPITv lets the display in GPItv of incoming files be toggled on and off.
  • Ignore individual UTR/CDS files refers to the optional mode of the GPI IFS readout software in which all individual reads of an UTR or MCDS sequence are saved to disk for postprocessing or analysis. In most cases such files will not be present, but if they are, it’s generally convenient to ignore these FITS files for the autoreducer.
  • IFS Flexure lets you choose how to correct spectral location calibrations for IFS flexure: Manual entry of dx & dy, Automatic correction using a lookup table (which must be in the calibration DB), or None. See the Update Spot Shifts for Flexure primitive for more.

Operation at Gemini

If the at_gemini flag is set to indicate this is the pipeline installation at Gemini South, the autoreducer will configure its paths and filenames automatically to values appropriate for the Gemini summit network. Also the autoreducer itself will start up automatically right after the Launcher loads.