Author: Pierre-Joseph Zephir, S.     [Pierre-Joseph Zéphir, S.]
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MOPKN016 Tango Archiving Service Status 127
  • G. Abeillé, J. Guyot, M. Ounsy, S. Pierre-Joseph Zéphir
    SOLEIL, Gif-sur-Yvette, France
  • R. Passuello, G. Strangolino
    ELETTRA, Basovizza, Italy
  • S. Rubio-Manrique
    CELLS-ALBA Synchrotron, Cerdanyola del Vallès, Spain
  In modern scientific instruments like ALBA, ELETTRA or Synchrotron Soleil the monitoring and tuning of thousands of parameters is essential to drive high-performing accelerators and beamlines. To keep tracks of these parameters and to manage easily large volumes of technical data, an archiving service is a key component of a modern control system like Tango [1]. To do so, a high-availability archiving service is provided as a feature of the Tango control system. This archiving service stores data coming from the Tango control system into MySQL [2] or Oracle [3] databases. Tree sub-services are provided: An historical service with an archiving period up to 10 seconds; a short term service providing a few weeks retention with a period up to 100 milliseconds; a snapshot service which takes "pictures" of Tango parameters and can reapply them to the control system on user demand. This paper presents how to obtain a high-performance and scalable service based on our feedback after years of operation. Then, the deployment architecture in the different Tango institutes will be detailed. The paper conclusion is a description of the next steps and incoming features which will be available in the next future.
WEPKS029 Integrating a Workflow Engine within a Commercial SCADA to Build End User Applications in a Scientific Environment 860
  • M. Ounsy, G. Abeillé, S. Pierre-Joseph Zéphir, K.S. Saintin
    SOLEIL, Gif-sur-Yvette, France
  • E. De Ley
    iSencia Belgium, Gent, Belgium
  To build integrated high-level applications, SOLEIL is using an original component-oriented approach based on GlobalSCREEN, an industrial Java SCADA [1]. The aim of this integrated development environment is to give SOLEIL's scientific and technical staff a way to develop GUI applications for beamlines external users . These GUI applications must address the 2 following needs : monitoring and supervision of a control system and development and execution of automated processes (like beamline alignment, data collections, and on-line data analysis). The first need is now completely answered through a rich set of Java graphical components based on the COMETE [2] library and providing a high level of service for data logging, scanning and so on. To reach the same quality of service for process automation, a big effort has been made to integrate more smoothly PASSERELLE [3], a workflow engine, with dedicated user-friendly interfaces for end users, packaged as JavaBeans in GlobalSCREEN components library. Starting with brief descriptions of software architecture of the PASSERELLE and GlobalSCREEN environments, we will then present the overall system integration design as well as the current status of deployment on SOLEIL beamlines.
[1] V. Hardion, M. Ounsy, K. Saintin, "How to Use a SCADA for High-Level Application Development on a Large-Scale Basis in a Scientific Environment", ICALEPS 2007
[2] G. Viguier, K. Saintin,, ICALEPS'11, MOPKN016.
[3] A. Buteau, M. Ounsy, G. Abeille, "A Graphical Sequencer for SOLEIL Beamline Acquisitions", ICALEPS'07, Knoxville, Tennessee - USA, Oct 2007.
THBHMUST02 Assessing Software Quality at Each Step of its Lifecycle to Enhance Reliability of Control Systems 1205
  • V.H. Hardion, G. Abeillé, A. Buteau, S. Lê, N. Leclercq, S. Pierre-Joseph Zéphir
    SOLEIL, Gif-sur-Yvette, France
  A distributed software control system aims to enhance the evolutivity and reliability by sharing responsibility between several components. Disadvantage is that detection of problems is harder on a significant number of modules. In the Kaizen spirit, we choose to continuously invest in automatism to obtain a complete overview of software quality despite the growth of legacy code. The development process was already mastered by staging each lifecycle step thanks to a continuous integration server based on JENKINS and MAVEN. We enhanced this process focusing on 3 objectives : Automatic Test, Static Code Analysis and Post-Mortem Supervision. Now the build process automatically includes the test part to detect regression, wrong behavior and integration incompatibility. The in-house TANGOUNIT project satisfies the difficulties of testing the distributed components that Tango Devices are. Next step, the programming code has to pass a complete code quality check-up. SONAR quality server was integrated to the process, to collect each static code analysis and display the hot topics on synthetic web pages. Finally, the integration of Google BREAKPAD in every TANGO Devices gives us an essential statistic from crash reports and allows to replay the crash scenarii at any time. The gain already gives us more visibility on current developments. Some concrete results will be presented like reliability enhancement, better management of subcontracted software development, quicker adoption of coding standard by new developers and understanding of impacts when moving to a new technology.  
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