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Title Ensuring Smooth Controls Upgrades During Operation
  • M. Pace, F. Hoguin, E. Matli, W. Sliwinski, B. Urbaniec
    CERN, Meyrin, Switzerland
Abstract The CERN Accelerator Controls systems have to remain as stable as possible for operations. However, there are inevitable needs to introduce changes to provide new functionalities and conduct important consolidation activities. To deal with this, a formal procedure and approval process, the Smooth Upgrades procedure, was introduced and refined over a number of years. This involves declaring foreseen Controls changes as a function of the accelerator schedules, validating them with stakeholders, and organising their deployment in the production environment. All of this with the aim of minimising the impact on accelerator operation. The scope of this activity is CERN-wide, covering changes developed by all CERN units involved in Controls and encompassing the whole CERN accelerator and facility complex. In 2022, the mandate was further extended with a more formal approach to coordinate changes of the software interfaces of the devices running on front-end computers, which form a critical part of the smooth deployment process. Today, Smooth Upgrades are considered a key contributor to the performance and stability of the CERN Control system. This paper describes the Smooth Upgrades procedure and the underlying processes and tools such as schedule management, change management, and the monitoring of device usage. The paper also includes the major evolutions which allowed the current level of maturity and efficiency to be reached. Ideas for future improvements will also be covered.
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Conference ICALEPCS2023
Series International Conference on Accelerator and Large Experimental Physics Control Systems (19th)
Location Cape Town, South Africa
Date 09-13 October 2023
Publisher JACoW Publishing, Geneva, Switzerland
Editorial Board Volker RW Schaa (GSI, Darmstadt, Germany); Andy Götz (ESRF, Grenoble, France); Johan Venter (SARAO, Cape Town, South Africa); Karen White (SNS, Oak Ridge, TN, USA); Marie Robichon (ESRF, Grenoble, France); Vivienne Rowland (SARAO, Cape Town, South Africa)
Online ISBN 978-3-95450-238-7
Online ISSN 2226-0358
Received 06 October 2023
Revised 10 October 2023
Accepted 14 December 2023
Issued/td> 21 December 2023
DOI doi:10.18429/JACoW-ICALEPCS2023-TU2AO04
Pages 321-327
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