From distributed to multicore architecture in the RFX-mod real time control system

G. Manduchi, A. Luchetta, A. Soppelsa, C. Taliercio

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The real-time control system of RFX has been operating since 2004 providing effective control of the plasma position and of the MagnetoHydroDynamic (MHD) modes. The demand for new and more computing-intensive control algorithms and the need for shorter latency pushed the system to its limits and, thus, a complete re-design was carried out in 2012. The new system adopts radically different solutions in hardware, operating system and software management. The VME PowerPC CPUs communicating over Ethernet have been now replaced by a single multicore server. VxWorks, previously used in the VME CPUs has now been replaced by Linux, which can be currently considered a real-time system provided an accurate tuning of the Linux scheduler and interrupt configuration. The previous framework for control and communication has been replaced by MARTe, a modern framework for real-time control gaining interest in the fusion community. The usage of MARTe allowed a rapid development of the control system and, in particular, its intrinsic simulation ability gave us the possibility of carrying out most debugging in simulation, without affecting machine operation. As a result the whole system has been finally commissioned in RFX in only two weeks. © 2013 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)224 - 232
Number of pages9
JournalFusion Engineering and Design
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 2014
Externally publishedYes


All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

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

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