The Accelerator Validating Antimatter Physics (AVA) Project

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The AVA project focuses on research but also emphasizes outreach and training for fellows. As partners come from industry, universities and research centers working on particle accelerators, the mentors on the AVA project have a wide range of expertise.

More than Just Integration

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Cosylab has been building control systems for big physics facilities since 2001 and been involved in fusion experiments since 2008 when we started working for the ITER CODAC division. As an objective viewer to a wide range of fusion projects, we have been able to consolidate some of this information into a paper that was peer-reviewed and accepted for publishing in the Journal of Fusion Energy [1]. This article presents some highlights of that paper.

Consulting on Timing Systems and Open Source Collaboration Tools at the Inception of CERN’s White Rabbit Project

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“Timing is everything!” Nowhere is this statement truer than at CERN. So, when CERN wanted to renovate their General Machine Timing System, Cosylab was called in to gather requirements using input from other Big Science projects like GSI (FAIR), INPL and ITER. These requirements helped shape the White Rabbit Timing System.

How ITER Standardized Large System Integration with CODAC Case Study

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ITER is the most complex science project in human history, designed to demonstrate the scientific and technological feasibility of fusion power.

EPICS Control System Upgrade for PANDA

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“Never change a running system!” is a piece of wisdom that is as true as it is incomplete, because one can equally add: “But don’t forget to change it before it stops running!” Eventually, every running system reaches a point when you start wondering if it is maybe time to replace it before it stops being a running system. The control system used in PANDA found itself in just this situation. This is how they got a new control system.

An Open Source Control System Framework for ALMA: How ESO and Cosylab Shared a Mission

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As a large international collaboration, the ALMA telescope project envisioned a standardization of the control infrastructure to ensure a manageable integration of all subsystems. Together with ESO, Cosylab played a valuable role in building the right control system framework, and provided expert support to achieve the high level of harmonization of the system control that ESO was aiming for. ALMA’s breakthrough astronomy research vouches for its success.