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Krause, U.

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TOAB01 The New FAIR Accelerator Complex at GSI: Project, Controls Challenges, and First Steps 59
  • U. Krause, W. Panschow, V. R.W. Schaa, W. Schiebel, P. Schuett, R. Baer
    GSI, Darmstadt
  An international Facility for Antiproton and Ion Research (FAIR) was proposed by GSI in 2001 and is currently under development. This new accelerator complex will be a significant extension to the existing GSI accelerator chain and will provide a range of particle beams from protons and antiprotons to ion beams of all elements up to uranium, as well as secondary beams of short-lived rare isotope beams. The central parts of the FAIR facility are a superconducting double-ring synchrotron and a system of storage rings. This presentation covers the status and scope of the FAIR project and its technical and organizational challenges, in particular in respect to the accelerator control system. As many parts of the new FAIR facility will be independently developed as in-kind contributions by international FAIR partner institutes, one significant point is integration and interface management. Among many other aspects, one important technical consideration is a high degree of parallel beam operation for the different research programs that imposes ambitious demands on the timing and cycle management system. We will discuss first steps towards a new FAIR control system.  
WPPA34 Extended Application Fields for the Renovated GSI Control System 386
  • L. Hechler, K. Herlo, P. Kainberger, U. Krause, S. Matthies, K. Höppner
    GSI, Darmstadt
  The current GSI control system uses a very monolithic approach that made it difficult to extend the system to other than the original platforms (VME front ends and OpenVMS on the application level). For the present renovation project of the communication layers, flexibility was a major design criterion. Front-end and application levels are connected via CORBA middleware, giving free choice for using various system architectures and programming languages on both levels. While most of the current front-end software will be ported to the existing VME front-end environment, now running Linux, the new system can integrate devices running on various architectures and operating systems into the new GSI control system. To model equipment functionality as independently as possible, generating adapter code from a well-defined XML description of device models is now under development. This will make the task of porting the existing 65 device models (including around 3000 properties) to the new modular approach easier. We will present the current state of this project and future plans.  
WPPB18 Customizable Motion Control Solution Supporting Large Distances 436
  • R. Baer, G. Froehlich, K. Herlo, U. Krause, M. Schwickert
    GSI, Darmstadt
  • J. Bobnar, I. Kriznar, J. Dedic
    Cosylab, Ljubljana
  Motion control solutions for controlling a movement of motorized mechanical subsystems for accelerators, telescopes or similar spatially distributed systems require high degree of flexibility regarding the use and connectivity. One platform should fit different applications and provide cost effective solutions. A connection to the control system (CS) is required on one side, while on the other side a connection to a variety of motors, position encoders and other feedback devices must be provided. In case of more complex mechanics, an advanced kinematics control is essential to provide features such as motion tuning, interpolation and controlled acceleration. An embedded computer is used for SW-flexibility and CS-support. Motion control capabilities are provided by separate HW; programmable multi axis controller. Signal adaptation for a direct connection of the equipment is managed by an interface board. Easy installation and debugging is provided by low-level local control; front panel switches and indicators, RS232 or direct keyboard and monitor access. An advanced approach is required in case of a larger distance between the motor controller and the motors with position encoders.