EPICS Drivers - Large-scale distributed data acquisition

Software for large-scale distributed control systems

Overview

The Experimental Physics and Industrial Control System (EPICS) is a set of software tools, libraries and applications developed collaboratively and used worldwide to create distributed soft real-time control systems for scientific instruments such as particle accelerators, telescopes and other large scientific experiments. The framework allows distributed parts of the control system to communicate with each other in a standardized way and uses client/server and publish/subscribe techniques to communicate between the various computers.

EPICS support for ADQ14 and ADQ7 is now included in our software development kit (SDK). The driver is implemented using EPICS base as well as the Nominal Device Support framework (NDS v3) and EPICS layer from Cosylab.

Furthermore the installer contains an Operator Interface (OPI) example implemented as a graphical user interface (GUI) in Control System Studio (CSS) together with the BOY extension.

Benefits
  • Widely adopted software framework for control of large-scale distributed control systems
  • The standardized abstraction layer makes it easy to integrate new devices in existing systems as they communicate with each other trough a common protocol
  • The community-provided modules and drivers make it easy to integrate new devices into existing systems
  • Collaboratively developed and maintained by world-leading scientific facilities
  • Designed for scalability – from single test stations with a low channel count, to large distributed networks with thousands of channels
  • Public open source project freely available according to the EPICS Open License
Applications
  • Big Science
  • Big Physics
  • Particle accelerators
  • Fusion
  • Material research
Requirements
Deliverables
  • NDS library (open source component) as C++ source code
  • ADQ EPICS driver as C++ source code
  • ADQAPI device software library as system package
  • ADQ device driver (open source component) as system package
  • Operator Interface (OPI) example GUI for CS-Studio/BOY

  • EPICS
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  • EPICS GUI
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RELATED PRODUCTS

HARDWARE
  • ADQ7DC PCIe
    • Single/dual channel
    • Up to 10 GSPS sampling rate
    • Up to 3 GHz input bandwidth
    • DC-coupled

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  • ADQ14
    • Single/dual channel
    • Up to 2 GSPS sampling rate
    • Up to 1.2 GHz input bandwidth
    • DC-coupled (variable input range/gain optional)

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