Self-adaptive sampling rate data acquisition in JET's correlation reflectometer

G. De Arcas, J.M. López, M. Ruiz, E. Barrera, J. Vega, A. Murari, A. Fonseca

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Data acquisition systems with self-adaptive sampling rate capabilities have been proposed as a solution to reduce the shear amount of data collected in every discharge of present fusion devices. This paper discusses the design of such a system for its use in the KG8B correlation reflectometer at JET. The system, which is based on the ITMS platform, continuously adapts the sample rate during the acquisition depending on the signal bandwidth. Data are acquired continuously at the expected maximum sample rate and transferred to a memory buffer in the host processor. Thereafter the rest of the process is based on software. Data are read from the memory buffer in blocks and for each block an intelligent decimation algorithm is applied. The decimation algorithm determines the signal bandwidth for each block in order to choose the optimum sample rate for that block, and from there the decimation factor to be used. Memory buffers are used to adapt the throughput of the three main software modules (data acquisition, processing, and storage) following a typical producer-consumer architecture. The system optimizes the amount of data collected while maintaining the same information. Design issues are discussed and results of performance evaluation are presented. © 2008 American Institute of Physics.
Original languageEnglish
Article number10F336
Pages (from-to)-
JournalReview of Scientific Instruments
Issue number10
Publication statusPublished - 2008
Externally publishedYes


All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Instrumentation

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De Arcas, G., López, J. M., Ruiz, M., Barrera, E., Vega, J., Murari, A., & Fonseca, A. (2008). Self-adaptive sampling rate data acquisition in JET's correlation reflectometer. Review of Scientific Instruments, 79(10), -. [10F336].