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Control Infrastructure for a Pulsed Ion Accelerator

  • Author(s): Persaud, A;
  • Regis, MJ;
  • Stettler, MW;
  • Vytla, VK
  • et al.
Abstract

We report on updates to the accelerator controls for the Neutralized Drift Compression Experiment II, a pulsed induction-type accelerator for heavy ions. The control infrastructure is built around a LabVIEW interface combined with an Apache Cassandra backend for data archiving. Recent upgrades added the storing and retrieving of device settings into the database, as well as ZeroMQ as a message broker that replaces LabVIEW's shared variables. Converting to ZeroMQ also allows easy access via other programming languages, such as Python.

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