SPAR, Mississippi State University

September 2003 - June 2004

Soil-Plant-Atmosphere-Research (SPAR) Real Time System   Small arrow  Visit the Website
Soil-Plant-Atmosphere-Research (SPAR) Facility is a controlled environment research facility located on the Mississippi State University's campus. SPAR has a set of ten outdoor naturally-lit chambers, with computer control on the environmental factors. This real time system is highly sophisticated software based on client-server model which controls a variety of factors such as CO2, water, temperature, nutrients and ultraviolet radiations to understand plant responses to these factors.
  • Created a new Server model to interface Agilent 34970A data acquisition/Switch units via an IEEE-488 interface using Visual Basic 6.0 and National Instruments GPIB-32 library.
  • Enhanced the working of the Client Model by modifying routines for temperature control, cooling valves control and archiving data daily acquired from the acquisition units.
  • Developed a web-based application (Perl Script) to monitor the real time system from any computer with internet facility.
  • Configured a Web Server and an Email Server on a Linux computer (Fedora Linux) for the SPAR research group.
  • Developed a report and graph generating software (Visual Basic 6.0 and Flipper Graph Control) to analyze the archived data.