Human Aspects, Collaborations, Management
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MOPV010 Working under Pandemic Conditions: Contact Tracing Meets Technology 121
  • E. Blanco Viñuela, B. Copy, S. Danzeca, Ch. Delamare, R. Losito, A. Masi, E. Matli, T. Previero, R. Sierra
    CERN, Geneva, Switzerland
  Covid-19 has dramatically transformed our working practices with a big change to a teleworking model for many people. There are however many essential activities requiring personnel on site. In order to minimise the risks for its personnel CERN decided to take every measure possible, including internal contact tracing by the CERN medical service. This initially involved manual procedures which relied on people’s ability to remember past encounters. To improve this situation and minimise the number of employees who would need to be quarantined, CERN approved the design of a specific device: the Proximeter. The project goal was to design a wearable device, built in a partnership* with industry fulfilling the contact tracing needs of the medical service. The proximeter records other devices in close proximity and reports the encounters to a cloud-based system. The service came into operation early 2021 and 8000 devices were distributed to personnel working on the CERN site. This publication reports on the service offered, emphasising on the overall workflow of the project under exceptional conditions and the implications data privacy imposed on the design of the software application.
* Terabee.
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About • Received ※ 11 October 2021       Revised ※ 26 October 2021       Accepted ※ 03 November 2021       Issue date ※ 18 December 2021
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MOPV011 The Inclusion of White Rabbit into the Global Industry Standard IEEE 1588 126
  • M.M. Lipiński
    CERN, Geneva, Switzerland
  White Rabbit (WR) is the first CERN-born technology that has been incorporated into a global industry standard governed by the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), the IEEE 1588 Precision Time Protocol (PTP). This showcase of technology transfer has been beneficial to both the standard and to WR technology. For the standard, it has allowed the PTP synchronisation performance to be increased by several orders of magnitude, opening new markets and opportunities for PTP implementers. While for WR technology, the review during its standardisation and its adoption by industry makes it future-proof and drives down prices of the WR hardware that is widely used in scientific installations. This article provides an insight into the 7-year-long WR standardisation process, describing its motivation, benefits, costs and the final result. After a short introduction to WR, it describes the process of reviewing, generalising and translating it into an IEEE standard. Finally, it retrospectively evaluates this process in terms of efforts and benefits to conclude that basing new technologies on standards and extending them bears short-term costs that bring long-term benefits.  
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About • Received ※ 08 October 2021       Accepted ※ 03 November 2021       Issue date ※ 15 February 2022  
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WEAR01 The Tango Controls Collaboration Status in 2021 544
  • A. Götz, R. Bourtembourg, D. Lacoste, N. Leclercq
    ESRF, Grenoble, France
  • G. Abeillé
    SOLEIL, Gif-sur-Yvette, France
  • B. Bertrand, V. Hardion
    MAX IV Laboratory, Lund University, Lund, Sweden
  • G. Brandl
    MLZ, Garching, Germany
  • T. Braun
    byte physics e.K., Berlin, Germany
  • P.P. Goryl, M. Liszcz
    S2Innovation, Kraków, Poland
  • A.F. Joubert, A.J. Venter
    SARAO, Cape Town, South Africa
  • C. Pascual-Izarra, S. Rubio-Manrique
    ALBA-CELLS Synchrotron, Cerdanyola del Vallès, Spain
  • L. Pivetta
    Elettra-Sincrotrone Trieste S.C.p.A., Basovizza, Italy
  The Tango Controls collaboration has continued to grow since ICALEPCS 2019. Multiple new releases were made of the stable release V9. The new versions include support for new compiler versions, new features and bug fixes. The collaboration has adopted a sustainable approach to kernel development to cope with changes in the community. New projects have adopted Tango Controls while others have completed commissioning of challenging new facilities. This paper will present the status of the Tango-Controls collaboration since 2019 and how it is helping new and old sites to maintain a modern control system.  
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About • Received ※ 10 October 2021       Revised ※ 15 October 2021       Accepted ※ 23 December 2021       Issue date ※ 25 February 2022
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WEAR02 Adaptations to COVID-19: How Working Remotely Has Made Teams Work Efficiently Together 550
  • R. Lacuata, B. Blackwell, G.K. Brunton, M. Fedorov, M.S. Flegel, D.J. Koning, P. Koning, S.L. Townsend, J. Wang
    LLNL, Livermore, California, USA
  Funding: This work performed under the auspices of the U.S. Department of Energy by Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory under Contract DE-AC52-07NA27344.
The National Ignition Facility (NIF) is the world’s largest 192 laser beam system for Inertial Confinement Fusion (ICF) and High Energy Density Physics (HEDP) experiments. The NIF’s Integrated Computer Control System (ICCS) team conducts quarterly software releases, with two to three patches in between. Each of these software upgrades consists of deployment, regression testing, and a test shot. All of these are done with the team members inside the NIF control room. In addition, the NIF ICCS database team also performs the Database Installation and Verification Procedure dry run before each software upgrade. This is to anticipate any issue that may arise on the day of the release, prepare a solution for it, and make sure that the database part of the upgrade will be completed within the allotted time slot. This talk is about how the NIF ICCS software teams adapted when the LLNL workforce began working remotely due to the COVID-19 pandemic. These adaptations led to a better and more efficient way of conducting the NIF ICCS software upgrades.
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About • Received ※ 12 October 2021       Accepted ※ 09 February 2022       Issue date ※ 15 March 2022  
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WEAR03 Agility in Managing Experiment Control Software Systems 553
  • K.V.L. Baker, F.A. Akeroyd, T. Löhnert, D.E. Oram
    STFC/RAL/ISIS, Chilton, Didcot, Oxon, United Kingdom
  Most software development teams are proponents of Agile methodologies. Control system software teams, working at science facilities, are not always just developers, they undertake operations work, and may also be responsible for infrastructure from computer hardware to networks. Parts of the workflow this team interacts with may be Agile, but others may not be, and they may enforce deadlines that do not align with the typical agile implementations. There is the need to be more reactive when the facility is operating, which will impact any development work plans. Similarly, friction can occur between an Agile approach and more familiar existing long-standing risk-averse organisational approaches used on hardware projects. Based on experiences gained during the development of IBEX, the experiment control software used at the ISIS Pulsed Neutron and Muon source, this presentation will aim to explore what being Agile means, what challenges a multi-functional team can experience, and some solutions we have employed.  
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About • Received ※ 09 October 2021       Revised ※ 18 October 2021       Accepted ※ 25 February 2022       Issue date ※ 05 March 2022
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