Control, data acquisition, data analysis and remote participation in LHD

Y. Nagayama, M. Emoto, H. Nakanishi, S. Sudo, S. Imazu, S. Inagaki, C. Iwata, M. Kojima, M. Nonomura, M. Ohsuna, K. Tsuda, M. Yoshida, H. Chikaraishi, H. Funaba, R. Horiuchi, S. Ishiguro, Y. Ito, S. Kubo, A. Mase, T. MitoJ. Miyazawa, T. Mutoh, Y. Nakamura, K. Saito, R. Sakamoto, T. Seki, M. Shoji, S. Takami, T. Watanabe, T. Yamamoto, A. Komori, O. Motojima

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This paper presents the control, data acquisition, data analysis and remote participation facilities of the Large Helical Device (LHD), which is designed to confine the plasma in steady state. In LHD the plasma duration exceeds 3000 s by controlling the plasma position, the density and the ICRF heating. The "LABCOM" data acquisition system takes both the short-pulse and the steady-state data. A two-layer Mass Storage System with RAIDs and Blu-ray Disk jukeboxes in a storage area network has been developed to increase capacity of storage. The steady-state data can be monitored with a Web browser in real time. A high-level data analysis system with Web interfaces is being developed in order to provide easier usage of LHD data and large FORTRAN codes in a supercomputer. A virtual laboratory system for the Japanese fusion community has been developed with Multi-protocol Label Switching Virtual Private Network Technology. Collaborators at remote sites can join the LHD experiment or use the NIFS supercomputer system as if they were working in the LHD control room.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)170-175
Number of pages6
JournalFusion Engineering and Design
Issue number2-3
Publication statusPublished - Apr 2008

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Civil and Structural Engineering
  • Nuclear Energy and Engineering
  • Materials Science(all)
  • Mechanical Engineering


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