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New Findings Reported from W. Treutterer and Co-Authors Describe Advances in Fusion Engineering (ASDEX Upgrade Discharge Control System-A real-time...

July 30, 2014

New Findings Reported from W. Treutterer and Co-Authors Describe Advances in Fusion Engineering (ASDEX Upgrade Discharge Control System-A real-time plasma control framework)

By a News Reporter-Staff News Editor at Journal of Engineering -- A new study on Fusion Engineering is now available. According to news originating from Iffeldorf, Germany, by VerticalNews correspondents, research stated, "ASDEX Upgrade is a fusion experiment with a size and complexity to allow extrapolation of technical and physical conditions and requirements to devices like ITER and even beyond. In addressing advanced physics topics it makes extensive use of sophisticated real-time control methods."

Our news journalists obtained a quote from the research, "It comprises real-time diagnostic integration, dynamically adaptable multivariable feedback schemes, actuator management including load distribution schemes and a powerful monitoring and pulse supervision concept based on segment scheduling and exception handling. The Discharge Control System (DCS) supplies all this functionality on base of a modular software framework architecture designed for real-time operation. It provides system-wide services like workflow management, logging and archiving, self-monitoring and inter-process communication on Linux, VxWorks and Solaris operating systems. By default DCS supports distributed computing, and a communication layer allows multi-directional signal transfer and datadriven process synchronisation over shared memory as well as over a number of real-time networks. The entire system is built following the same common design concept combining a rich set of re-usable generic but highly customisable components with a configuration-driven component deployment method. We will give an overview on the architectural concepts as well as on the outstanding capabilities of DCS in the domains of inter-process communication, generic feedback control and pulse supervision. In each of these domains, DCS has contributed important ideas and methods to the on-going design of the ITER plasma control system."

According to the news editors, the research concluded: "We will identify and describe these essential features and illustrate them with examples from ASDEX Upgrade operation."

For more information on this research see: ASDEX Upgrade Discharge Control System-A real-time plasma control framework. Fusion Engineering and Design, 2014;89(3):146-154. Fusion Engineering and Design can be contacted at: Elsevier Science Sa, PO Box 564, 1001 Lausanne, Switzerland. (Elsevier -; Fusion Engineering and Design -

The news correspondents report that additional information may be obtained from W. Treutterer, Unltd Comp Syst GmbH, Iffeldorf, Germany. Additional authors for this research include R. Cole, K. Luddecke, G. Neu, C. Rapson, G. Raupp, D. Zasche and T. Zehetbauer.

Keywords for this news article include: Iffeldorf, Germany, Europe, Fusion Engineering

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Source: Journal of Engineering

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