Concepts, Design, and Development of a Multiplatform Framework for Real-Time Control in Nuclear Fusion

Antonio Barbalace, Adriano Luchetta, Gabriele Manduchi, Michele Moro, Anton Soppelsa, Cesare Taliercio, André Neto, Luca Zabeo

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Abstract

The paper discusses the requirements and presents an architectural overview of a new general-purpose framework for real-time control, currently under development at the RFX laboratory. This represents the third generation of control framework developed at RFX. It takes into account the experience gained in the development of the previous frameworks and exploits the evolution of computer technology, in particular, the evolution of Linux towards real-time functionality and the availability of multicore CPUs in most general-purpose computing boards. The framework will supervise data flow among the participating components, which may produce data, consume data, or apply some sort of computation. Some system components have been already developed, while the architecture of others is still being refined. In particular, we are going to integrate the infrastructure layer of the new framework with a real-time framework recently in use at JET. The aim of this collaboration is a general purpose real-time system which can be used on both experiments.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)688-695
Number of pages8
JournalIEEE Transactions on Nuclear Science
Volume57
Issue number2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 14 Apr 2010

Keywords

  • fusion reactor design
  • fusion reactor theory
  • plasma confinement
  • Tokamak devices
  • multiplatform framework
  • real-time control
  • nuclear fusion
  • RFX laboratory
  • Linux evolution
  • multicore CPUs
  • JET
  • plasma configuration
  • Fusion reactors
  • Laboratories
  • Fusion power generation
  • Nuclear power generation
  • Linux
  • Multicore processing
  • Data flow computing
  • Computer architecture
  • Collaboration
  • Real time systems
  • Distributed systems
  • multiplatform systems
  • software frameworks

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