Classical Topics

Status Reports and Control System Overviews

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MOX01 TINE Release 4 in Operation 1
  • P. Duval, P. K. Bartkiewicz, S. W. Herb, H. Wu
    DESY, Hamburg
  • S. Weisse
    DESY Zeuthen, Zeuthen
  The TINE* control system evolved in great part to meet the needs of controlling a large accelerator the size of HERA, where not only the size of the machine was a determining criterion, but also the seamless integration of different platforms and programming languages of the many applications developers. In keeping pace with new technologies and the new generation of accelerators such as PETRA3, FLASH, PITZ and associated pre-accelerators and beamlines, TINE has undergone a major “face-lift” in its most recent version, 4.0.1, where platforms such as Java and LabView are not only supported, but emphasized. In addition, TINE Release 4 integrates the video subsystem, the device layer, and central services to a much greater extent than its predecessor. We report here on many of the new features and how they are currently being used in operations.


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MOX02 GSI Operating Software Migration OpenVMS to Linux 4
  • R. Huhmann, G. Fröhlich, S. Jülicher, V. R.W. Schaa
    GSI, Darmstadt
  The current operating software at GSI has been developed over a period of more than two decades using OpenVMS now on Alpha-Workstations. Parts of this complex software will have to be integrated within the control system of the new FAIR accelerator. To enable future maintenance a migration to Linux is considered a precondition. For porting to Linux a set of libraries and tools has been developed covering the necessary OpenVMS system functionality. The interoperability with FAIR controls applications is achieved by adding a simple but generic middleware interface to access the ported software in a service-like manner from modern Java applications.  
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MOX03 Switching the Jefferson Lab Accelerator Operations Environment from an HP-UX Unix-based to a PC/Linux-based Environment 7
  • T. S. McGuckin
    Jefferson Lab, Newport News, Virginia
  The Jefferson Lab Accelerator Controls Environment (ACE) was almost uniformly based on an HP-UX Unix environment from 1987 through the summer of 2004. During this period the ACE Control Room underwent a major renovation which included introducing Redhat Enterprise Linux machines, first as specialized process servers and then gradually as general login servers. As computer programs and scripts required to run the accelerator were modified, and inherent problems with the HP-UX platform compounded, more development tools became available for use with Linux and the ACE Control Room began to be converted over to Linux. In May 2008 the last HP-UX Unix login machine was removed from the ACE Control Room, leaving only a few Unix-based remote-login servers still available. This presentation will explore the process of converting an operational Control Room environment from the HP-UX to Linux platform as well as the many hurdles that had to be overcome throughout the transition period (including a discussion of why the process took over four years). It will conclude with a current assessment of the change-over status as well as an examination of what future steps will complete the project.  
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MOY01 SPARC Control System Operation 10
  • F. A. Anelli, M. Bellaveglia, E. Chiadroni, L. Cultrera, G. Di Pirro, D. Filippetto, S. Fioravanti, E. Pace
    INFN/LNF, Frascati (Roma)
  • L. Catani
    Università di Roma II Tor Vergata, Roma
  • A. Cianchi
    INFN-Roma II, Roma
  We describe the control system operation for the new injector project built at the Laboratori Nazionali di Frascati INFN (SPARC). The injector started the operation in the autumn of the 2007 and the control systems has been full operating since the start of commissioning and integrate all tools to help the machine operation. The SPARC control system must follow all evolution in the continuous machine installation and evolution. To allow us a rapid develop in the control system we have made some choice in its development: Labview as developing system due to its diffusion in the laboratory and it become standard in the acquisition software; Gigabit Ethernet as interconnection bus this choice give the sufficient bandwidth in the data exchange; PC as front-end CPU and operator console this kind of machine give the sufficient computing power. We develop all control application for magnetic elements, vacuum equipment, RF cavity, all diagnostics, laser and some experimental apparatus have been developed and debugged on line. We developed an automatic process to store all the element information in two ways periodic and on data change.  
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MOY02 Development and Current Status of the Control System for 150 MeV FFAG Accelerator Complex 13
  • M. Tanigaki, N. Abe, K. Takamiya, T. Takeshita, H. Yashima, H. Yoshino
    KURRI, Osaka
  A control system for a 150 MeV FFAG accelerator complex in KURRI has been developed and served for actual commissioning of this accelerator complex with high reliability. This control system has been developed using simple and versatile tools such as PLCs, LabVIEW for MMI/DAQ systems, MySQL and Apache, and this can be a good example for small institutes without specialists on accelerator control. In the presentation, the review on the design and development of our control system will be made from the perspective of developers without specialized experience on accelerator control, as well as the report on the current status and recent developments of our control system.  
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MOY03 Surveying Software Technology for Accelerator Control Systems 16
  • T. Friedrich, M. Törngren
    KTH/MD, Stockholm
  Virtually all accelerator based research facilities nowadays use a mixture of software libraries, tools, protocols and development techniques to address the facilities’ various control system requirements efficiently. Many of these technologies are open-source and shared between laboratories to various extents. Motivated by the planning of MAX-lab’s new light source project, the MAX IV facility, we have conducted a state-of-the-art survey of these technologies, which will serve as a knowledge base for upcoming design decisions. This paper provides a summary of the topics and conclusions of our survey. In this scope the survey compares software technologies with respect to user features (scientific analysis and operation requirements), quality requirements (integration, performance, services, reliability, security, safety), and other issues. Control system design goals are beneficial long-term effects on feature opportunities, software development and maintenance costs.  
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WEP001 Preliminary Implementations for the New Spiral2 Project Control System 165
  • E. Lécorché, P. Gillette, D. T. Touchard
    GANIL, Caen
  • J. F. Denis, F. Gougnaud, J.-F. Gournay, Y. Lussignol, P. Mattei
    CEA, Gif-sur-Yvette
  • P. G. Graehling, J. H. Hosselet, C. M. Maazouzi, C. O. Olivetto
    IPHC, Strasbourg Cedex 2
  The Spiral2 project consists of a new facility to provide high intensity rare ions beams. It is based on a primary beam driver accelerator (RFQ followed by a superconducting linac) and a rare ion production process delivering the beam either to a low energy experimental area or to the existing Ganil facility. From October this year, one ion source coupled with a first beam line section will be in test; then, the injector (ion and deuteron sources, RFQ) will be tested by the end of 2010 so the whole accelerator should be commissioned by the end of 2011; the first exotic beams being planned one year later. The accelerator control system design results from the collaboration between several institutes and Epics has been chosen as the basic framework. The paper therefore presents the main choices: MVME5500 CPUs, VME I/O boards, VxWorks, Siemens PLCs, Modbus field buses, EDM screens and Java applications, Linux PCs, use of a LabView/Epics gateway<br/>Specific topics are the evaluation of the XAL environment, an Epics design to address the power supplies, an emittance measurement system, the development of a beam profiler interface and the investigation for a triggered acquisition system.  
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WEP002 Overview of the Communication Structure of the HIT Accelerator Control System 168
  • J. M. Mosthaf, S. Hanke, A. Peters, S. Scheloske, S. Vollmer
    HIT, Heidelberg
  • T. Fleck
    GSI, Darmstadt
  The HIT ACS is a modular, PC and front-end controller (with FPGAs) based accelerator control system developed by the company Eckelmann AG, Wiesbaden, Germany in cooperation with GSI and HIT. It consists of a database and several central applications running on Windows 2k3 server machines as well as a dozen control room client PCs for the GUIs, and a few hundred front-end device controlling units (DCUs). Due to strict timing requirements in the ms and partly μs range, communications during an acceleration cycle are done in real-time via RTB (Real Time Bus) and real-time shared memory components on the main control server. We show the overall structure of the ACS network and outline the relation of the component devices and the Ethernet and RTB communications between them.  
WEP003 Commissioning of the New Pre-Accelerator Control Systems at DESY 171
  • R. Bacher
    DESY, Hamburg
  In the course of the PETRA 3 project, the control systems of the pre-accelerators at DESY have been rebuilt. At all levels from front-end electronics via server or client applications to networks, radical and significant changes have been introduced. This paper describes the chosen architecture and technologies, and reports the experiences gained so far.  
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WEP004 Permanent Magnet Insertion Device Control Systems on Diamond 174
  • A. J. Rose, A. I. Bell, M. T. Heron, S. C. Lay
    Diamond, Oxfordshire
  Diamond Light Source has designed and constructed 12 permanent magnet insertion devices over the past 5 years. These are ten In-vacuum Undulators and two Ex-vacuum Apple II Undulators. For all of these a common control system has been used. This uses a VME based motor controller, and a separate PLC subsystem for protection. The VME system runs EPICS to integrate in with overall control system. Two new designs of insertion device and are currently in progress, which will require variants of this control system. The design for these control systems, issues experienced and operational performance will be presented.  
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WEP021 Status of the Control System for the Therapy Facility HIT 215
  • T. Fleck, R. Bär
    GSI, Darmstadt
  • J. M. Mosthaf
    HIT, Heidelberg
  Shortly before first tumour patients will be treated with high-energy ions at the facility in Heidelberg we give an overview of the control systems special characteristics, current status and remaining functionality to completion. The control system was designed by GSI but has been developed by an all-industrial partner. At each of the three therapy rooms more than 20000 combinations of beam energy, intensity and focus can be requested by the therapy control system. The commissioning for carbon and proton ion beams has already been conducted by GSI. We show how different operating conditions are implemented to ensure at the same time the possibility for experimental research while beam properties already verified within medical test procedures must not be altered without following predefined workflows. Therefore all system and device parameters as well as all set values that possibly change beam properties for patient treatment have to be securely locked or e.g. integrated into checksums. We will also focus on several minor and a few major changes in functionality that had to be implemented to conform to the requirements that originated by the risk assessment of the control system.  
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