Data acquisition upgrade in the RFX experiment

O. Barana, A. Luchetta, G. Manduchi, C. Taliercio

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The control and data acquisition system of RFX has been completely renewed and is currently under re-commissioning. Most data acquisition is now performed by means of CompactPCI (CPCI) devices supervised by Pentium PCs running Linux. Real-time control systems, implemented using VME and PowerPCs running VxWorks, also produce data that are then acquired by the data acquisition system. The older CAMAC systems have only been retained for existing diagnostics. New diagnostic systems will employ either CompactPCI data acquisition or custom solutions, usually running under Windows, due to the fact that the drivers for the used devices are normally available for this platform. Despite the variety of hardware and software platforms involved in data acquisition, the same software package is used for all components, thus providing a uniform view of the system. Such functionality is provided by the MDSplus software. MDSplus is now available for a variety of platforms, and includes several Java components that are platform-independent. © 2005 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)841 - 845
Number of pages5
JournalFusion Engineering and Design
Issue number1-4
Publication statusPublished - Nov 2005
Externally publishedYes


All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Civil and Structural Engineering
  • Materials Science(all)
  • Nuclear Energy and Engineering
  • Mechanical Engineering

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Barana, O., Luchetta, A., Manduchi, G., & Taliercio, C. (2005). Data acquisition upgrade in the RFX experiment. Fusion Engineering and Design, 74(1-4), 841 - 845.