EPICS – MDSplus integration in the ITER Neutral Beam Test Facility

Adriano Luchetta, Gabriele Manduchi, Antonio Barbalace, Anton Soppelsa, Cesare Taliercio

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SPIDER, the ITER-size ion-source test bed in the ITER Neutral Beam Test Facility, is a fusion device requiring a complex central system to provide control and data acquisition, referred to as CODAS. The CODAS software architecture will rely on EPICS and MDSplus, two open-source, collaborative software frameworks, targeted at control and data acquisition, respectively. EPICS has been selected as ITER CODAC middleware and, as the final deliverable of the Neutral Beam Test Facility is the procurement of the ITER Heating Neutral Beam Injector, we decided to adopt this ITER technology. MDSplus is a software package for data management, supporting advanced concepts, such as platform and underlying hardware independence, self description data, and data driven model. The combined use of EPICS and MDSplus is not new in fusion, but their level of integration will be new in SPIDER, achieved by a more refined data access layer. The paper presents the integration software to use effectively EPICS and MDSplus, including the definition of appropriate EPICS records to interact with MDSplus. The MDSplus and EPICS archive concepts are also compared on the basis of performance tests and data streaming is investigated by ad-hoc measurements.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1252 - 1255
Number of pages4
JournalFusion Engineering and Design
Issue number6
Early online date28 May 2011
Publication statusPublished - 31 Oct 2011
Event26th Symposium on Fusion Technologies 2010 - Porto, Portugal
Duration: 27 Sep 20101 Oct 2010
Conference number: 26


  • Control
  • Data acquisition
  • MDSplus
  • Neutral Beam Injector
  • ITER Neutral Beam Test Facility


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