Open source solutions in control and data acquisition systems: FTU case studies

F. Iannone, A. Bertocchi, L. Boncagni, C. Centioli, M. Panella, M. Vellucci, V. Vitale

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As in any other long-lasting experiment, new and standard activities on Frascati Tokamak Upgrade may require technological updates, especially on the control and data acquisition domain. The present paper will deal with a set of experiences arising from the necessity to replace ageing systems that turned out to be an interesting test-bed for new technologies. The first case study deals with FTU slow control, which is based on a standard three-layer model. The lower layer has been updated in the G1 power supply of the toroidal field, replacing the old Westinghouse PLC with a Siemens-S7. To integrate the new PLC in FTU control system, the open source LibNodave package under Linux operating system has been used. The results are compared to those obtained using the Siemens-S7 commercial library. The second case study regards FTU magnetic measurements. The system proposed will lead to the replacement of the old CAMAC system with a PXI embedded controller, acquiring hundreds of signals. Finally it will be shown how, taking advantage of those technologies, an ITER relevant control and data acquisition architecture can be designed. © 2009 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)321 - 324
Number of pages4
JournalFusion Engineering and Design
Issue number3-4
Publication statusPublished - Jul 2010


All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

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

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Iannone, F., Bertocchi, A., Boncagni, L., Centioli, C., Panella, M., Vellucci, M., & Vitale, V. (2010). Open source solutions in control and data acquisition systems: FTU case studies. Fusion Engineering and Design, 85(3-4), 321 - 324.