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Title Experiences Using Linux Based VME Controller Boards
  • D. Zimoch, D. Anicic
    PSI, Villigen PSI, Switzerland
Abstract For many years, we have used a commercial real-time operating system to run EPICS on VME controller boards. However, with the availability of EPICS on Linux it became more and more charming to use Linux not only for PCs, but for VME controller boards as well. With a true multi-process environment, open source software and all standard Linux tools available, development and debugging promised to become much easier. Also the cost factor looked attractive, given that Linux is for free. However, we had to learn that there is no such thing as a free lunch. While developing EPICS support for the VME bus interface was quite straight forward, pitfalls waited at unexpected places. We present challenges and solutions encountered while making Linux based real-time VME controllers the main control system component in SwissFEL.
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Conference ICALEPCS2017, Barcelona, Spain
Series International Conference on Accelerator and Large Experimental Control Systems (16th)
Proceedings Link to full ICALEPCS2017 Proccedings
Session Poster Session
Date 10-Oct-17   16:45–19:00
Main Classification Control Systems Upgrades
Keywords ion, Linux, EPICS, controls, real-time
Publisher JACoW, Geneva, Switzerland
Editors Volker RW Schaa (GSI, Darmstadt, Germany); Isidre Costa (ALBA-CELLS, Cerdanyola del Vallès, Spain); David Fernández (ALBA-CELLS, Cerdanyola del Vallès, Spain); Óscar Matilla (ALBA-CELLS, Cerdanyola del Vallès, Spain)
ISBN 978-3-95450-193-9
Published January 2018
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