The ITER fast plant system controller ATCA prototype real-time software architecture

B.B. Carvalho, B. Santos, P.F. Carvalho, A. Neto, L. Boncagni, A.J.N. Batista, M. Correia, J. Sousa, B. Gonçalves

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IPFN is developing a prototype Fast Plant System Controller (FPSC) based in ATCA embedded technologies dedicated to ITER CODAC data acquisition and control tasks in the sub-millisecond range. The main goal is to demonstrate the usability of the ATCA standard and its enhanced specifications for the high speed, very high density parallel data acquisition needs of the most demanding ITER tokamak plasma Instrumentation and Control (I&C) systems. This effort included the in-house development of a new family of high performance ATCA I/O and timing boards. The standard ITER software system CODAC Core System (CCS) v3.1, with the control based in the EPICS system does not cover yet the real-time requirements fulfilled by this hardware, so a new set of software components was developed for this specific platform, attempting to integrate and leverage the new features in CSS, for example the Multithreaded Application Real Time executor (MARTe) software framework, the new Data Archiving Network (DAN) solution, an ATCA IEEE-1588-2008 timing interface, and the Intelligent Platform Management Interface (IPMI) for system monitoring and remote management. This paper presents the overall software architecture for the ATCA FPSC, as well a discussion on the ITER constrains and design choices and finally a detailed description of the software components already developed. © 2013 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)541 - 546
Number of pages6
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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Carvalho, B. B., Santos, B., Carvalho, P. F., Neto, A., Boncagni, L., Batista, A. J. N., ... Gonçalves, B. (2013). The ITER fast plant system controller ATCA prototype real-time software architecture. Fusion Engineering and Design, 88(6-8), 541 - 546.