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The Health Check monitor is developed and maintained by QC Garching. It provides information about the health of the instrument and about calibration quality.
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Last update: timestamp of creation of this page and plot (UT)
Now: current timestamp (UT) (press Ctrl+Shift+R to enforce reloading of the page, it may be cached)
QC pipeline: this is the name, version and installation date of the pipeline being currently in use for processing at QC (for comparison to the version installed on Paranal)
The Health Check monitor pages are refreshed upon discovery of new data, but at least once in 24 hours. If a page is found to be older than 24 hours (as indicated by the "... ago" field) this might indicate a problem (this field is calculated by your browser).
The first thing to check is: does this problem show up only for the current report, or for all reports of a given instruments, or for all instruments? In the latter case, there is most likely a network or a database problem. It may be known already, check first with DHA. If the problem is specific to one instrument, send a mail ("contact") if you expect the QC scientist to be able to read it; to the general list email@example.com, if not. On a weekend generic problems will most likely be picked by the Garching maintenance teams, they provide service 7 days a week during daytime. Again ask DHA for support, they know whom to contact.
If there is a problem with one report only, this is most likely due to the process on the QC machine. Pls contact the QC scientist in charge.
What to do if the "ftp" or the "parser" watch flags are red? (intended for our Paranal partners)
Both flags watch the health of the opslog data transfer and the parsing process on the QC side (see above). If the ftp flag is red, pls. ask DHA to check. It may help to click on "MORE" first, there you see all watch flags. This will tell you about a general problem. A gray ftp flag does not indicate a problem.
If the parser flag is red, send a mail ("contact") if you expect the QC scientist to be able to read it; to the general list firstname.lastname@example.org, if not.
Any problem related to these two flags is not considered very urgent since the opslog data are a fallback solution in case of trouble with the data transfer process.
This navigation links to:
Group navigation. Plots are often grouped together. For instance, plots with detector properties could be grouped like:
daily/often; important to check This marks the most important plots. These are the ones which are fed daily by dedicated health check calibrations. These are also the ones which should be checked daily. The other ones are also of interest but are not filled so frequently (nevertheless all are updated at least once a day or when new data are detected).
The second line displays the report scores (see here).
News. There are three kinds of 'news' (messages on the HC monitor): general news (applicable to the HC monitor in general), instrument news (applicable to all HC reports of a particular instrument), and report news (messages about current issues). The report news can be managed interactively, in the same way as the calChecker analysis cases:
The HC comment editor is available to both parties of the closed QC loop: QC and SciOps. In particular, daytime or nighttime astronomers on Paranal are encouraged to use the editor to exchange information with their colleagues.
Note that the report news have a validity period of 14 days. It is assumed that any quality issue related to a HC report is either solved, or becomes obsolete after that time. The report news are not designed to store permanent information.
You can also use the link edit COMMENTS ... on the 'score overview' page and select any HC report of a given instrument for comment editing. This is particularly useful if e.g. a new quality issue has occurred and a related comment should be entered for several affected HC reports.
An updated report comment will be visible immediately on the corresponding HC report. You may need to enforce page refresh with CTRL+R.
Note that report news will not immediately be visible on the Paranal ('PL') mirror site, but have to wait for replication (after max. 15 minutes).
Data Quality links. With the same look and feel as on the calChecker, this panel displays links to the pages with complete information about the data quality (links products). Find more information about the data quality links in the calChecker help.
There are also links to the raw data reports and the nightlogs for the last 7 days. The nightlog links are labelled NR for the old nightlog database, and NLT for the new nightlog tool. The nightlog section requires a password for login. The new nightlogs are linked to the User Portal and the NLT database.
OPSLOG information. OPSLOG data are created by the Paranal on-line pipelines. They are less accurate than the QC-generated QC parameters but are included (if available) in the HC monitor as a fall-back solution. If OPSLOG data are included, their last date is listed here. There is the option to inspect or download these data in the result table below the graphical report.
Quick-look navigation, history, tutorial, contact. The HC plots have a link labelled scores&comments... . It has as counterpart on the QUICK-LOOK version: HC plot. By using these links, you switch forth and back between the full version with graphics, and the score version for quick-look.
History. This link opens the set of HISTORY plots (if available) in a separate window.The HISTORY plots come in the same form at as the HC plot and present the historical evolution. Click on the red arrows to move forth and back in time, or on the symbols for direct navigation:
Tutorial. This link provides additional information about the QC items, the data, the algorithms etc. These pages are in the instrument QC section.
Contact. Send an email to the QC scientist responsible for this particular HC page.
Date change. Date on this monitor changes at 21:00 UT. This is 9 hours later than the Paranal convention changing date at 12:00 UT. This is done (1) to align with calChecker, (2) to have nighttime observations and the daytime calibrations under the same date. Effectively a new date starts shortly before the new night.
It has two parts:
The first part has a link to display (e.g. for printing) the HC plot ("Print") and links to the corresponding QC1 database table for browsing and plotting ("Information and research"), sometimes with other useful links.
The second part has the result table. Find in this table more details about the applied statistics and the current trend. Here you can usually also download the plotted data sets. #66CCFF
The symbols used in the plots are displayed in the column "Symbols". An attempt has been made to display them in the HTML pages as they are shown on the MIDAS plots, but some symbols do not exist as HTML code and show up here as bracketted number, like . The table below lists all possible plot codes and reveals that  stands for a filled triangle.
The average values are listed in the result table (together with their units and the number of data points evaluated). They are indicated in the plots by a solid line. For MEAN and MEDIAN, they are clipped (outliers beyond the thresholds are removed after first calculation, then the calculation is repeated with the cleaned data set) if combined with certain threshold options (see below).
The threshold values are listed in the result table. These values are indicated in the plots by broken lines, and are used to detect and mark statistical outliers. PER and OFF thresholding is relative to the average value. PER and OFF thresholding is fixed relative to the average value. VAL thresholding is completely static and might represent e.g. a specification or an alarm level based on experience or specifications.
Outliers. Statistical outliers are marked if thresholds are defined and plotted. Marking is done by a red asterisk (to become blue if the symbol color is red).
Data points outside the Y range. These data points are marked by a red arrow.
OPSLOG data points. The data points from OPSLOG files (produced by the on-line Paranal pipelines) are always marked by a filled blue circle .
LAST data point. If configured, all data points from the last date are highlighted by a large magenta circle .
Quick-look version. Clicking on scores&comments brings you to the score overview (QUICK-LOOK page). It displays the score result table:
It displays scores for each HC report. Scores are flags assessing the compliance of data points with configured thresholds. A green score symbol indicates that the corresponding instrument component performs OK in the monitored time range, a red one may indicate a problem.
Each plot in the report has one score table cell. Each cell displays a set of scores. Scores are displayed for the last 7 days only, up to the specified date. This time range is aligned with the calChecker page which also has a standard depth of 7 days. Note that the specified date corresponds to the last date with an available measurement (i.e. with a processed calibration file) which is not necessarily today. If you move your mouse over a score symbol, the corresponding date will display as tool tip. If you click on a score symbol, the full score report for this product will display.
Scores are based on QC1 parameters. They are checked against an upper and lower threshold. If compliant, the score is 0, otherwise 1. An outlier is scored as 1.
All scores are aggregated to plot scores and report scores. If no outlier is found, the corresponding plot is scored OK and marked green. Outliers get a NOK score and are marked red:
The comment section has two parts:
Only those scores display here which got a comment (which usually but not exclusively refers to a red score). These comments are intended to better understand a red score.
Plot scores. If the last QC data point for a plot is found NOK, the total score for the plot is NOK and marked red (see below). If any other QC data point is found red but the last one is green, the total score for the plot is OK and marked green (since it is assumed that the problem is solved in the meanwhile).
Report scores. Total scores per plot are accumulated to report scores and displayed at larger size (see example above). Report scores can be OK, NOK or grey ("not implemented"). If no report score is red (some may be grey), the plot score is OK and displays green. A single red plot score will turn the report score also red. Reports without scoring are marked grey and are not evaluated further.
Other possible tags:
Accumulated report scores are repeated in the group navigation bar, for quick reference:
Group scores. Likewise, report scores are accumulated to group scores. They are displayed in the vertical navigation bar at left:
If you want to monitor the current health of an instrument, you start with its navigation bar. Either all items are green, or you find at least a red one. In that case, follow any red score to the group level, find the corresponding report and plot scores. There you may want to check the detailed HC plot. All in all 2 levels to see the QC data point which causes the alert, and 3 to see all details.
Designed as the highest-level overview, it offers a monitor of all instrument scores. It comes in three versions: a snapshot of the current situation, and history overviews of the last 7 and 30 days.