ITER CODAC core system at FTU: State of the art and new perspectives

Maurizio Panella, Cristina Centioli, Franck Di Maio, Mathieu Napolitano, Mikel Rojo, Marco Vellucci, Vincenzo Vitale, Anders Wallander

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Recently the slow control of the MFG1 motor flywheel generator powering FTU toroidal magnet has been redesigned within the framework of the ITER CODAC I&C architecture [1] using the software package CODAC Core System (CCS). In this paper the progress made towards the final commissioning will be detailed, focusing on the system integration in the FTU control system supervisor through a software bridge and a multithreaded channel access interface to the Plant System Host, emphasizing the problems found so far and their solutions. The development and implementation of the alarm handler, the logging system and the data archiving system will also be illustrated, as well as the relevant monitoring and visualization interfaces developed on the Mini-CODAC node with the standard EPICS tools BEAST, BOY and BEAUTY. Furthermore, the tests run on FTU that finally led to a successful commissioning will be thoroughly discussed. Due to the satisfactory outcome of the project, and taking advantage of the release of the new CCS v 3.0 introducing the management of fast controllers, an account on a possible application of the CODAC ITER fast control architecture at FTU will also be given, taking the FTU real time feedback system as the first test case, to be further extended to newly implemented fast controllers. © 2013 Euratom-ENEA Association sulla Fusione.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1257 - 1262
Number of pages6
JournalFusion Engineering and Design
Issue number6-8
Publication statusPublished - 2013
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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Panella, M., Centioli, C., Di Maio, F., Napolitano, M., Rojo, M., Vellucci, M., ... Wallander, A. (2013). ITER CODAC core system at FTU: State of the art and new perspectives. Fusion Engineering and Design, 88(6-8), 1257 - 1262.