TACO is an object oriented control system originally developed at the European
Synchrotron Radiation Facility (ESRF) to control accelerators and beamlines and
data acquisition systems.
At the ESRF (www.esrf.fr) TACO is used to control three accelerators - linear
accelerator , booster synchrotron and storage ring, and over 30 beamlines.
TACO is being used for instrument control for the new neutron source FRM-II
(www.frm2.tum.de) in Garching-Munich.
TACO has been applied to telescope control at the 26m radio telescope at the
Hartebeesthoek Radio Astronomy Observatory (www.hartroa.ac.za).
TACO is very scalable and can be used for simple single device laboratory like
setups with only a few devices or for a big installation comprising thousands
of devices. TACO is a cheap and simple solution for doing distributed home
automation. TACO is available free of charge without warranties.
TACO is object oriented because it treats ALL (physical and logical) control
points in a control system as objects in a distributed environment. All actions
are implement in classes. New classes can be constructed out of existing
classes in a hierarchical manner thereby ensuring a high-level of software
reuse. Classes can be written in C++, in C (using a methodology called Objects
in C), in Python or in LabView (using G).
TACO has been designed to be portable and runs on a large number of platforms
(e.g. Linux, Solaris, BSD, Mac OS X, HP-UX, Win32, OS9).
If you want to write classes in Python you have to install the Numarray
package which is available under:
* If a device is defined in different servers the behaviour is unknown.
Please avoid double defined device names in your database.