Upgrade issues in FTU control, data acquisition and management

F. Iannone, A. Bertocchi, C. Centioli, M. Panella, G. Trentuno, M. Vellucci

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FTU is operating since 1989, thus its hardware and software infrastructure must be continuously updated to preserve its efficiency and reliability. This issue can be addressed by means of two distinct approaches: (i) the migration to an emulated environment enabling the use of modern hardware on virtualized standard servers to keep the operating systems full functionality and the application environment; (ii) the porting of the complete system architecture to new hardware, new operating systems, and new programming languages. This paper reports on the upgrades implemented on FTU in the last two years using both these approaches including the new system to acquire and store the image frames of FTU plasma discharges through a Photron FASTCAM SA4 camera. Regarding data handling, a small Linux high performance computing system (1TFlops) with a high performance data storage system (100 TB) in InfiniBand DDR infrastructure has been installed as data analysis, modelling and archive cluster for the next three years of FTU experimental activities. © 2014 EURATOM-ENEA.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)669 - 673
Number of pages5
JournalFusion Engineering and Design
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - 2014


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., Centioli, C., Panella, M., Trentuno, G., & Vellucci, M. (2014). Upgrade issues in FTU control, data acquisition and management. Fusion Engineering and Design, 89(5), 669 - 673. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.fusengdes.2013.11.011