Progress in control and data acquisition for the ITER neutral beam test facility

Adriano Luchetta, Gabriele Manduchi, Cesare Taliercio, Anton Soppelsa, Francesco Paolucci, Filippo Sartori, Paolo Barbato, Roberto Capobianco, Mauro Breda, Federico Molon, Modesto Moressa, Sandro Polato, Paola Simionato, Enrico Zampiva

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SPIDER, the ion source test bed in the ITER neutral beam test facility, is under construction and its operation is expected to start in 2014. Control and data acquisition for SPIDER are undergoing final design. SPIDER CODAS, as the control and data acquisition system is referred to, is requested to manage 25 plant units, to acquire 1000 analogue signals with sampling rates ranging from a few S/s to 10 MS/s, to acquire images with up to 100 frames per second, to operate with long pulses lasting up to 1 h, and to sustain 200 MB/s data throughput into the data archive with an annual data storage amount of up to 50 TB. SPIDER CODAS software architecture integrates three open-source software frameworks each addressing specific system requirements. Slow control exploits the synergy among EPICS and Siemens S7 programmable controllers. Data handling is by MDSplus a data-centric framework that is geared towards the collection and organization of scientific data. Diagnostics based on imaging drive the design of data throughput and archive size. Fast control is implemented by using MARTe, a data-driven, object-oriented, real-time environment. The paper will describe in detail the progress of the system hardware and software architecture and will show how the software frameworks interact to provide the functions requested by SPIDER CODAS. The paper will focus on how the performance requirements can be met with the described SPIDER CODAS architecture, describing the progress achieved by carrying out prototyping activities. © 2013 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)492 - 496
Number of pages5
JournalFusion Engineering and Design
Issue number6-8
Publication statusPublished - 2013
Externally publishedYes


All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

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

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Luchetta, A., Manduchi, G., Taliercio, C., Soppelsa, A., Paolucci, F., Sartori, F., ... Zampiva, E. (2013). Progress in control and data acquisition for the ITER neutral beam test facility. Fusion Engineering and Design, 88(6-8), 492 - 496.