A Survey of Recent MARTe Based Systems

JET EFDA Contributors, Andre C. Neto, Diogo Alves, Luca Boncagni, Pedro J. Carvalho, Antonio Barbalace, Daniel F. Valcárcel, Gianmaria De Tommasi, Horácio Fernandes, Filippo Sartori, Enzo Vitale, Riccardo Vitelli, Luca Zabeo

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The Multithreaded Application Real-Time executor (MARTe) is a data driven framework environment for the development and deployment of real-time control algorithms. The main ideas which led to the present version of the framework were to standardize the development of real-time control systems, while providing a set of strictly bounded standard interfaces to the out-side world and also accommodating a collection of facilities which promote the speed and ease of development, commissioning and deployment of such systems. At the core of every MARTe based application, is a set of independent inter-communicating software blocks, named Generic Application Modules (GAM), orchestrated by a real-time scheduler. The platform independence of its core library provides MARTe the necessary robustness and flexibility for conveniently testing applications in different environments including non-real-time operating systems. MARTe is already being used in several machines, each with its own peculiarities regarding hardware interfacing, supervisory control configuration, operating system and target control application. This paper presents and compares the most recent results of systems using MARTe: the JET Vertical Stabilization system, which uses the Real Time Application Interface (RTAI) operating system on Intel multi-core processors; the COMPASS plasma control system, driven by Linux RT also on Intel multi-core processors; ISTTOK real-time tomography equilibrium reconstruction which shares the same support configuration of COMPASS; JET error field correction coils based on VME, PowerPC and VxWorks; FTU LH reflected power system running on VME, Intel with RTAI.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1482-1489
Number of pages8
JournalIEEE Transactions on Nuclear Science
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 5 Apr 2011

Keywords / Materials (for Non-textual outputs)

  • computer interfaces
  • error correction
  • high energy physics instrumentation computing
  • Linux
  • multiprocessing systems
  • multi-threading
  • processor scheduling
  • real-time systems
  • supervisory programs
  • multithreaded application real-time executor
  • data driven framework environment
  • real-time control algorithms
  • real-time control systems
  • bounded standard interfaces
  • independent intercommunicating software blocks
  • generic application modules
  • hardware interfacing
  • supervisory control configuration
  • target control application
  • operating system
  • JET vertical stabilization system
  • real time application interface operating system
  • Intel multicore processors
  • COMPASS plasma control system
  • Linux RT
  • ISTTOK real-time tomography equilibrium reconstruction
  • JET error field correction coils
  • PowerPC
  • VxWorks
  • VME
  • Plasmas
  • Real time systems
  • Hardware
  • Control systems
  • Operating systems
  • Synchronization
  • Multithreaded Application Real-Time executor (MARTe)
  • nuclear fusion control
  • real-time
  • tokamak


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