Author: Hall, C.J.
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Imaging and Medical Beamline of the Australian Synchrotron: In and Out of Control  
  • A. Maksimenko, R. Acres, C.J. Hall, D. Hausermann, J. Livingstone, J. Pearson, D. Pelliccia, A.W. Stevenson
    ASCo, Clayton, Victoria, Australia
  The Imaging and Medical Beamline (IMBL) was opened to general users three years ago after more than five years of development. The beamline is now one of the most advanced instruments of this type in the world, designed to provide three major types of experiments: fast in-vivo imaging, computed tomography and radiation therapy. Advanced features which make it unique include high photon flux in the wide range of energies, large beam, direct link to the high performance cluster and others. These properties are achieved due to the state-of-art instrumentation and cooperative action of countless components. Their robust operation under the heavy load, high level of flexibility characteristic to the scientific activities and critical safety requirements dictate the exceptional demands on the control systems. In the short history of the user operation the IMBL proved to be an extremely powerful, sometimes irreplaceable, tool for various fields of science and industry. In this paper a brief overview of IMBL experiments is given and some of the recent results from biology, geology, palaeontology and medicine are presented. Concomitant challenges met by the control and IT teams are described.  
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WED3O01 MASSIVE: an HPC Collaboration to Underpin Synchrotron Science 1
  • W.J. Goscinski
    Monash University, Faculty of Science, Clayton, Victoria, Australia
  • K. Bambery, C.J. Hall, A. Maksimenko, S. Panjikar, D. Paterson, C.G. Ryan, M. Tobin
    ASCo, Clayton, Victoria, Australia
  • C.U. Felzmann
    SLSA, Clayton, Australia
  • C. Hines, P. McIntosh
    Monash University, Clayton, Australia
  • D.A. Thompson
    CSIRO ATNF, Epping, Australia
  MASSIVE is the Australian specialised High Performance Computing facility for imaging and visualisation. The project is a collaboration between Monash University, Australian Synchrotron and CSIRO. MASSIVE underpins a range of advanced instruments, with a particular focus on Australian Synchrotron beamlines. This paper will report on the outcomes of the MASSIVE project since 2011, in particular focusing on instrument integration, and interactive access. MASSIVE has developed a unique capability that supports an increasing number of researchers generating and processing instrument data. The facility runs an instrument integration program to help facilities move data to an HPC environment and provide in-experiment data processing. This capability is best demonstrated at the Imaging and Medical Beamline where fast CT reconstruction and visualisation is now essential to performing effective experiments. The MASSIVE Desktop provides an easy method for researchers to begin using HPC, and is now an essential tool for scientists working with large datasets, including large images and other types of instrument data.  
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