Distributed computing for FTU data handling

A. Bertocchi, G. Bracco, G. Buceti, C. Centioli, E. Giovannozzi, F. Iannone, M. Panella, V. Vitale

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The growth of data warehouse in tokamak experiment is leading fusion laboratories to provide new IT solutions in data handling. In the last three years, the Frascati Tokamak Upgrade (FTU) experimental database was migrated from IBM-mainframe to Unix distributed computing environment. The migration efforts have taken into account the following items: (1) a new data storage solution based on storage area network over fibre channel; (2) andrew file system (AFS) for wide area network file sharing; (3) 'one measure/one file' philosophy replacing 'one shot/one file' to provide a faster read/write data access; (4) more powerful services, such as AFS, corba and MDSplus to allow users to access FTU database from different clients, regardless their O.S.; (5) large availability of data analysis tools, from the locally developed utility show to the multi-platform Matlab, interactive data language and jScope (all these tools are now able to access also the Joint European Torus data, in the framework of the remote data access activity); (6) a batch-computing cluster of Alpha/CompaqTru64 CPU based on CODINE/GRD to optimize utilization of software and hardware resources. © 2002 Elsevier Science B.V. All rights reserved.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)325 - 331
Number of pages7
JournalFusion Engineering and Design
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2002


All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

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

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Bertocchi, A., Bracco, G., Buceti, G., Centioli, C., Giovannozzi, E., Iannone, F., ... Vitale, V. (2002). Distributed computing for FTU data handling. Fusion Engineering and Design, 60(3), 325 - 331. https://doi.org/10.1016/S0920-3796(02)00028-5