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Title A Database to Store EPICS Configuration Data
  • M. Ritzert
    Heidelberg University, Heidelberg, Germany
Abstract The operation of extensive control systems cannot be performed by adjusting all parameters one by one manually. Instead, a set of parameters is loaded and applied in bulk. We present a system to store such parameter sets in a type-safe fashion into and retrieve them from a configuration database. The configuration database is backed by an SQL database. Interfaces to store and retrieve data exist for the C++, Java and Python programming languages. GUIs are available both as a standalone program using C++ and Qt, and integrated into Control System Studio (CSS). The version integrated into CSS supports data validators implemented as Eclipse plugins that are run before each commit. The format of the configuration data that can be stored is XML-like, and export and import to/from XML is implemented. The database can hold several completely independent "files" of configuration data. In each file, several branches can be stored, each branch consisting of a chain of commits. Each commit can easily be retrieved at any time. For each entry, the modification history can easily be queried.
Footnotes & References For the DEPFET collaboration.
Funding This work has been supported by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF).
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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 Integrating Diverse Systems
Keywords ion, database, MMI, controls, interface
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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