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h1. REMOTE MINOS+ STATIONS REQUIREMENTS AND POLICIES
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Notes underlined show topics that need discussion, improvement or maybe a complete change.
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Notes with *bold font*  shows the significant differences between
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 docDB 7789-v4 (Remote MINOS Shifts -Brett Viren, Rob Plunkett and Benton Pahlka) and this documentation.
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h2. INTRODUCTION
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A remote MINOS station can save effort and funds of different institutions by providing a
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possibility to the collaboration to take shifts remotely. Since shifters rarely are in
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physical contact with the detectors and all duties are done by networked applications, a
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remote shift has almost no lacks comparing to a local shift. This document provides the
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hardware and software requirements to set a remote shift station from the ground up and
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defines the requirements, certification and policies for MINOS+ Remote Stations.
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h2. HARDWARE AND DOCUMENTATION REQUIREMENTS
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In order to be certified for remote MINOS+ shifts one will need to fulfill the requirements shown below :
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* Two computers, each one powerfull enough to run all the software simultaneously. 
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One sufficiently powerfull computer ought to be enough for a shift, 
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but it is strongly recommended to split the load on two machines.
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* At least 3 displays (NuMIMon, RC GUI and DCS must be visible by default).
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* A telephone line able to make and receive domestic / international calls.
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* A copy of the Shifter's Guide (available at http://www-numi.fnal.gov/Minos/ControlRoom/ShiftersGuide.pdf).
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* A list of all phone numbers listed in the blackboard at the MINOS+ Control Room.
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h2. INSTALLATION AND CONFIGURATION
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MINOS+ Control Room operates under the Scientific Linux Fermi 5.5 in the 32 bit version.
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This must be the RMS operational system as well and it can be downloaded at http://fermilinux.fnal.gov
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The Control Room software and the necessary steps to configure a Remote MINOS+ Station are
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available in a centralized and online page (link below). This guarantee that the software is
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always available and the documentation used to set it up is up to date.
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https://cdcvs.fnal.gov/redmine/projects/remotestation/wiki
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+Stefano's note: maybe it could be more efficient to move all the information in the RMS
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Wiki to the Remote section in the Memopad. Having RMS documentation fragmented in 2
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different online pages can be counter productive.
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h2. REMOTE SHIFT LIMITATIONS
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On remote shifts some tasks will be different or missing comparing to a local shift. 
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The first is that there is no possibility to manage the keys for going underground on the Near Detector Hall. 
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Since this duty is shared with MINERvA, it will be delegated to them during remote shifts or, otherwise, 
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this will not be performed. 
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Also, ACNET beam plots will not be made. 
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The choice was made by weighting the technical challenge against their importance and the ease of which experts can perform them.
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h2. CERTIFYING A NEW RMS
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In order to be an official RMS, the institution's remote station must fulfill some
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requirements
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* Have technical resources to configure and maintain the remote station.
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* Be committed to making the station available for collaborators from outside the hosting institution for their own remote shifts.
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* Successfully complete two (uncounted) test shifts by two different people, concurrent with a local shift (at FNAL). 
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At least one uncounted shift must be performed by one who is not directly involved in configuring and maintaining the RMS.
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** +The condition above may be changed to:\
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- Successfully complete two (uncounted) test shifts concurrent with a local shift (at
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FNAL).
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Removing the condition of doing shifts with 2 different people will allow that Universities
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with only ONE researcher can be defined as an official RMS. The same person will configure
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the RMS, maintain it and do the necessary shifts.+
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* An informal report describing issues (if any) found during the shift should be given to
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the run coordinators and other interested parties.
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he fulfillment of the fore mentioned requirements certifies the RMS for official remote
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shifts. A list with the officially maintained MINOS+ remote stations can be found in the
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Remote MINOS+ Station's Wiki and in the Remote section in the MemoPad:\
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https://cdcvs.fnal.gov/redmine/projects/remotestation/wiki
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+Stefano's note: If the wiki gets moved to the Memopad, than the last paragraph will
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just mention that the officially maintained MINOS+ remote stations can be found in the
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section "List of officially maintained MINOS+ remote stations"+
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h2. SHIFTER TRANSITION
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Local shifts have an informal procedure for shift hand-off. 
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The new shifter should be updated with some current issues (if any), 
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the current status of the experiment and if someone is performing some tasks underground. 
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This should be done during shift hand-off for remote shifts as well.
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* The oncoming remote shifter calls the current local (or remote) shifter before the end of
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the current shift to discuss the status of the experiment. It is strongly recommended that
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the oncoming shifter also checks the Logbook and the Memopad. (Ignore this step if there was
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no previous shift, but checking the Logbook and MemoPad before the start of the shift is
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strongly recommended and could avoid some problems.)
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* The oncoming remote shifter must ensure that the remote shift contact information is
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prominently displayed in the MINOS+ Control Room.
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*A note in the Logbook informing the start of a remote shift with the remote station's
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name, the remote shifter's name and its contact should be done.*
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* The MINERvA shifter must be informed that a remote MINOS+ shift is starting.
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* The MINERvA shifter must inform the Main Control Room (MCR) that they are now the NuMI contact.
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* +The 2 steps in italic above should be removed, since NOvA is now responsible for
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the NuMI.+
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On end shift hand-off, the steps are reversed:
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Oncoming local (or remote) shifter must call the Remote MINOS+ Station before the end of
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the shift in order to be updated with the status of the experiment.\
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* The remote shift announce must be removed from the MINOS+ Control Room display.\
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* *The remote shifter should state, in the Logbook, that the remote shift has ended.*
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* If the new shifter is a local shifter, then the Main Control Room must be informed that MINOS+ is the current NuMI contact.
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+The step in italic should be removed,  since NOvA is now responsible for the
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NuMI+