The instrument control program used on the neutron beam instruments is SICS (SINQ Instrument Control System) from PSI. PSI and ANSTO began this collaboration in 2003.


SICS is run as a server, with Gumtree as the client.

The instrument control system coordinates control of devices including;

  1. Motion control
  2. Sample environment
  3. Data acquisition (histogram memory)
  4. Data archiving in the NeXus format


SICS is written in C by Mark Koennecke.


SICS is deployed on Linux running on an x86-64 processor.

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