Data acquisition system for steady-state experiments at multiple sites

H. Nakanishi, M. Ohsuna, M. Kojima, S. Imazu, M. Nonomura, T. Yamamoto, M. Emoto, M. Yoshida, C. Iwata, M. Shoji, Y. Nagayama, K. Kawahata, M. Hasegawa, A. Higashijima, K. Nakamura, Y. Ono, M. Yoshikawa, S. Urushidani

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A high-performance data acquisition (DAQ) system has been developed for steady-state fusion experiments at the Large Helical Device (LHD). Its significant characteristics are 110 MB s-1 continuous DAQ capability and the performance scalability using an unlimited number of DAQ units. Incoming data streams are first transferred temporarily onto the shared random access memory, and then cut into definite time chunks to be stored. They are also thinned out to 1/N to be served for the real-time monitoring clients. In LHD steady-state experiment, the DAQ cluster has established the world record for acquiring 90 GB/shot. The established technology of this steady-state acquisition and store can contribute to the ITER experiments whose data amount is estimated in the range 100 or 1000 GB/shot. This system also acquires experimental data from multiple remote sites through the fusion-dedicated virtual private network in Japan. The speed lowering problem in long-distance TCP/IP data transfer has been improved by the packet pacing optimization. The demonstrated collaboration scheme will be analogous to that of ITER and the supporting machines.

Original languageEnglish
Article number113014
JournalNuclear Fusion
Issue number11
Publication statusPublished - Nov 2011

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Nuclear and High Energy Physics
  • Condensed Matter Physics


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