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MOPGF047 Revolution Project: Progress in the Evolution of Soleil Motion Control Model* controls, software, hardware, TANGO 1
  • S.Z. Zhang, Y.-M. Abiven, F. Blache, D. Corruble, C.K. Kheffafa
    SOLEIL, Gif-sur-Yvette, France
  • S.M. Minolli
  SOLEIL is a third generation synchrotron radiation source located near Paris in France. REVOLUTION (REconsider Various contrOLler for yoUr motion) is the motion controller upgrade project currently in progress at SOLEIL. It was initiated to maintain the facility operations by addressing the risk of hardware obsolescence in motion control but at the same time making room for complex applications requirements to face new high performance challenges. In order to achieve these considerations, SOLEIL's strategy move was to go from a single controller for all applications to two motion controllers. A first Controller GALIL DMC-4183 was chosen to succeed the previous version DMC-2182. Both controllers can be integrated in the existing architecture with little hardware and software adaptation enabling full compatibility with the existing architecture. A second controller, Delta Tau Power Brick, has been selected as a HIGH PERFORMANCE solution providing advanced functionality. The CLASSIC controller upgrade is about to be completed and the integration of Power Brick into the SOLEIL control system is ongoing. The system complexity is abstracted by embedding processing functions into low-level code and giving end-users a simple high-level interface. The work done to structure the interfacing and standardization of the controller are detailed in this paper.
*Work also supported by XT.Tran, M.Cerato, G.Renaud, E.Fonda and SAMBA Beamline staff, Delta Tau Ldt., IMO JEAMBRUN AUTOMATION, Observatory-Sciences Ldt…
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WED3O03 MADOCA II Data Logging System Using NoSQL Database for SPRING-8 database, data-acquisition, controls, operation 1
  • A. Yamashita, M. Kago
    JASRI/SPring-8, Hyogo-ken, Japan
  The data logging system for SPring-8 was upgraded to the new system using NoSQL database, as a part of a MADOCA II framework. It has been collecting all the log data required for accelerator control without any trouble since the upgrade. In the past, the system powered by a relational database management system (RDBMS) had been operating since 1997. It had grown with the development of accelerators. However, the system with RDBMS became difficult to handle new requirements like variable length data storage, data mining from large volume data and fast data acquisition. New software technologies gave solution for the problems. In the new system, we adopted two NoSQL databases, Apache Cassandra and Redis, for data storage. Apache Cassandra is utilized for perpetual archive. It is a scalable and highly available column oriented database suitable for time series data. Redis is used for the real time data cache because of a very fast in-memory key-value store. Data acquisition part of the new system was also built based on ZeroMQ message packed by MessagePack. The operation of the new system started in January 2015 after the long term evaluation over one year.  
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WEM307 Custom Hardware Platform Based on Intel Edison Module controls, Ethernet, hardware, EPICS 1
  • D. Pedretti, D. Bortolato, F. Gelain, M.G. Giacchini, D. Marcato, M. Montis, S. Pavinato, J.A. Vásquez
    INFN/LNL, Legnaro (PD), Italy
  • M.A. Bellato, R. Isocrate
    INFN- Sez. di Padova, Padova, Italy
  The Computer-on-Module approach makes cutting edge technology easily accessible and lowers the entry barriers to anyone prototyping and developing embedded systems. Furthermore, it is possible to add all the system specific functionalities to the generic PC functions which are readily available in an off-the-shelf core module reducing the time to market and enhancing the creativity of system engineers. The purpose of this paper is to show a custom hardware platform based on the tiny and low power Intel Edison Compute Module, which uses a 22nm Intel processing core and contains connectivity elements to ensure device-to-device and device-to-cloud connectivity. The Intel Edison carrier board designed is expected to act as a local intelligent node, a readily available custom EPICS*,** IOC for extending the control reach to small appliances in the context of the SPES project. The board acts as an Ethernet to RS232/RS422 interface translator with Power-Over-Ethernet supply and network booting as key features of this platform. The x86 architecture of the Edison makes standard Linux software deployment straightforward. Currently the board is in prototyping stage.
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WEPGF010 Securing Access to Controls Applications with Apache httpd Proxy controls, network, software, interface 1
  • P. Golonka
    CERN, Geneva, Switzerland
  • H.T.T. Kamarainen
    JAMK, Jyväskylä, Finland
  Many commercial systems used for controls nowadays contain embedded web servers. Secure access to these, often essential, facilities is of utmost importance, yet it remains complicated to manage for different reasons (e.g. obtaining and applying patches from vendors, ad-hoc oversimplified implementations of web-servers are prone to remote exploit). In this paper we describe a security-mediating proxy system, which is based on the well-known Apache httpd software. We describe how the use of the proxy made it possible to simplify the infrastructure necessary to start WinCC OA-based supervision applications on operator consoles, providing, at the same time, an improved level of security and traceability. Proper integration with the CERN central user account repository allows the operators to use their personal credentials to access applications, and also allows one to use standard user management tools. In addition, easy-to-memorize URL addresses for access to the applications are provided, and the use of a secure https transport protocol is possible for services that do not support it on their own.  
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WEPGF090 Design of EPICS IOC Based on RAIN1000Z1 ZYNQ Module EPICS, Linux, controls, experiment 1
  • T. Xue, G.H. Gong, H. Li, J.M. Li
    Tsinghua University, Beijing, People's Republic of China
  ZYNQ is the new architecture of FPGA with dual high performance ARM Cortex-A9 processors from Xilinx. A new module with Giga Bit Ethernet interface based on the ZYNQ XC7Z010 is development for the High Purity Germanium Detectors' data acquisition in the CJPL (China JingPing under-ground Lab) experiment, which is named as RAIN1000Z1. Base on the nice RAIN1000Z1 hardware platform, EPICS is porting on the ARM Cortex-A9 processor with embedded Linux and an Input Output Controller is implemented on the RAIN1000Z1 module. Due to the combination of processor and logic and new silicon technology of ZYNQ, embedded Linux with TCP/IP sockets and real time high throughput logic based on VHDL are running in a single chip with small module hardware size, lower power and higher performance. This paper will introduce how to porting the EPICS IOC application on the ZYNQ based on embedded Linux and give a demo of IO control and RS232 communication.  
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WEPGF102 Solving the Synchronization Problem in Multi-Core Embedded Real-Time Systems real-time, operation, controls, hardware 1
  • F. Hoguin, S. Deghaye
    CERN, Geneva, Switzerland
  Multi-core CPUs have become the standard in embedded real-time systems. In such systems, where several tasks run simultaneously, developers can no longer rely on high priority tasks blocking low priority tasks. In typical control systems, low priority tasks are dedicated to receiving settings from the control room, and high priority real-time tasks, triggered by external events, control the underlying hardware based on these settings. Settings' correctness is of paramount importance and they must be modified atomically from a real-time task point of view. This is not feasible in multi-core environments using classic double-buffer approaches, mainly because real-time tasks can overlap, preventing buffer swaps. Other common synchronization solutions involving locking critical sections introduce unpredictable jitter on real-time tasks, which is not acceptable in CERN's control system. A lock-free, wait-free solution to this problem based on a triple buffer, guaranteeing atomicity no matter the number of concurrent tasks, is presented. The only drawback is potential synchronization delay on contention. This solution has been implemented and tested in CERN's real-time C++ framework.  
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WEPGF112 Flop: Customizing Yocto Project for MVMExxxx PowerPC and BeagleBone ARM network, Linux, software, controls 1
  • L. Pivetta, A.I. Bogani, R. Passuello
    Elettra-Sincrotrone Trieste S.C.p.A., Basovizza, Italy
  During the last fifteen years several PowerPC-based VME single board computers, belonging to the MVMExxxx family, have been used for the control system front-end computers at Elettra Sincrotrone Trieste. Moreover, a low cost embedded board has been recently adopted to fulfill the control requirements of distributed instrumentation. These facts lead to the necessity of managing several releases of the operating system, kernel and libraries, and finally to the decision of adopting a comprehensive unified approach based on a common codebase: the Yocto Project. Based on Yocto Project, a control system oriented GNU/Linux distribution called 'Flop' has been created. The complete management of the software chain, the ease of upgrading or downgrading complete systems, the centralized management and the platform-independent deployment of the user software are the main features of Flop.  
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