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Gordon, J. B.

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RPPA14 Java Tool Framework for Automation of Hardware Commissioning and Maintenance Procedures 547
  • J. M. Fisher, J. B. Gordon, L. J. Lagin, S. L. West, J. C. Ho
    LLNL, Livermore, California
  The National Ignition Facility (NIF) is a 192-beam laser system designed to study high energy density physics. Each beam line contains a variety of line replaceable units (LRUs) that include optics, stepping motors, sensors and other devices to control and diagnose the laser. During commissioning or subsequent maintenance of the laser, LRUs undergo a qualification process using the Integrated Computer Control System (ICCS) to verify and calibrate the equipment. The commissioning processes are both repetitive and tedious using remote manual computer controls, making them ideal candidates for software automation. Maintenance and Commissioning Tool (MCT) software was developed to improve the efficiency of the qualification process. The tools are implemented in Java, leveraging ICCS services and CORBA to communicate with the control devices. The framework provides easy-to-use mechanisms for handling configuration data, task execution, task progress reporting, and generation of commissioning test reports. The tool framework design and application examples will be discussed.