21-22 March 2017
ELI Beamlines Czech Republic
Europe/Prague timezone

Agenda and Abstracts



Tuesday, 21st March 2017
10:00 - 10:30 Arrival, Registration & Coffee
10:30 - 11:15

Welcome & Keynote
Joe Woodford, National Instruments
Dr. Georg Korn, Science & Technology Manager, ELI BEAMS
Introduction of ELI Beams and future outlook and hope of science

11:15 - 12:00 A Look Into the Future for PXIe
Steve Warntjes, National Instruments
Vice President of Research & Development, PXI Platform and Modular Instruments
We will share with you some of the exciting upcoming developments within PXIe platform as well as share some of our longer term vision of the platform
12:00 - 13:30 Lunch
13:30 - 14:15 Implementation of an FPGA-GPU Based Image Acquisition and Processing System Using ITER Fast Controller Architecture on PXIe Form Factor
Sergio Esquembri & Enrique Bernal, Technical University of Madrid (UPM)

This work presents the architecture and development cycle to implement image acquisition and processing systems based on ITER’s Fast Controller architecture on PXIe form factor. The proposed implementation combines the use of FPGA, CPU, and GPU to provide a high throughput solution with massive parallel processing capabilities. The two main innovations of this work are the direct data transfer between the FPGA device and the GPU, and the individual frame timestamping with a PTP synchronized clock implemented in the FPGA. The approach presented
in this work includes the application of a methodology for the integration of the developed system with EPICS. The EPICS integration can be done using asynDriver, areaDetector or Nominal Device Support modules. This methodology reduces the complexity of the EPICS integration to a simple configuration process and avoids unnecessary driver recompilations in case of a change
in the FPGA configuration.
14:15 - 15:00

LabVIEW to TANGO code building
Birgit Ploetzeneder, ELI Beamlines

A presentation of the motivation for the development to and demonstration of the method developed for generating any kind of interfaces
- automatic analysis of any LabVIEW program
- Letting the users use ExpressVIs to select the interface variables
- Then use VI server to interject communication glue code

15:00 - 15:30 Coffee Break
15:30 - 16:15

Controlling Medical Accelerators and Medical Processes

Mark Plesko, Cosylab

Proton and hadron therapy is becoming a new trend in cancer treatment. Proton accelerators for cancer therapy, albeit smaller than most scientific accelerators, are equally complex in terms of controls. But there are additionally two major differences: shorter times from design to operation and a very stringent adherence to medical standards and regulations. This requires strict planning and project management for the whole development life-cycle of the control system, most of which wouldn't hurt scientific control system projects either. A typical architecture of the accelerator and treatment control system will be presented. The standardized accelerator control system (ACS) package MADIE, which is based on LabView and NI hardware will be presented and discussed how it can be used to develop working and certifiable control systems in record time.

16:15 - 17:00

Quick Look at Python Tool and Next Generation LabVIEW

Collin Draughon, National Instruments

National Instruments is making significant investments towards our Next Generation software platform to better meet the needs of our customer base. This session will explain our current software roadmap and strategy. We will cover how we intend to ensure our future products server our largest and most important customers, address concerns or questions regarding our current toolchain, and set expectations for how and when you can adopt future technologies.

17:15 - 19:15

Visit of the ELI Facility

19:15 - 21:00

Evening Reception

Wednesday, 22nd March 2017
09:00 - 09:15 Welcome
09:15 - 10:00

LINUX Development from NI
Jason Hobbs, National Instruments

As Linux has gained greater acceptance within many technology markets NI is looking to further expand its investments in this area. During this presentation you will hear how to get involved with this program

10:00 - 10:30 Coffee Break
10:30 - 11:15 Effect of ISIS Proton Synchrotron Radiation Levels on Permanent Systems
and Electronics

Daniel Harryman, STFC, UK
Putting COTS technology with sensitive area of large scale experimental systems can through up unforeseen or unexpected issue. This talk will explore how mitigation method can be developed to improve long term operations
11:15 - 12:00 Design of Compact Laserwire System for Non-invasive Beam Profile Measurements at LINAC4
Gary Boorman, Royal Holloway, University of London UK
LINAC4 is the new 160 MeV H- accelerator currently being commissioned to boost CERN’s LHC to ever higher energies. A laserwire system has been developed, and is currently being installed at LINAC4, for quasi-continuous monitoring of the transverse profile and beam emittance in both planes of the final 160 MeV H- beam. Laser pulses, with a power of a few kW, are delivered via fibres to two interaction points where they are scanned across the beam, neutralizing an insignificant fraction of the H- ions. The transverse emittance is reconstructed from the spatial distribution of the neutralized H0 atoms captured downstream by four segmented diamond detectors. Extensive use of FPGA-based signal analysis is used to achieve real-time visualisation of the beam-profile measurements
12:00 - 13:30 Lunch
13:30 - 14:15

NI Technologies Used Within ELI-Beams Systems
Jack Naylon, ELI Beamlines

ELI Beamlines makes extensive use of NI technologies. With several of our laser systems now at the threshold of on-site recommissioning we highlight the software and hardware systems that have best leveraged NI products. We discuss some of the lessons learned over the course of laser systems development and outline a few NI product features that we believe could benefit other developers of similarly complex systems.

14:15 - 15:00 SIL rated cRIO Modules
Joe Woodford, National Instruments
In this session attendees will learn about new cRIO modules designed for use within Safety Critical Systems. cRIO has been used in the past for many critical application areas but has never been SIL certified, here you will not some new programming methodologies as an introduce how a cRIO based system could be used for safety critical applications
15:00 - 15:30 Recap & Farewell
Joe Woodford, National Instruments