CERN Open Hardware Experience: Upgrading The Diamond Fast Archiver

Authors: Isa Uzun (Diamond Light Source) , Michael Abbott (Diamond Light Source)
Co-authored by industrial partner: No

Type: Conference Paper
Conference: ICALEPCS2015
Peer Reviewed: Yes

State: Published (Approved)
Published: October 2015

Open Access Open Access

Abstract: Diamond Light Source developed and integrated the Fast Archiver [1] into its Fast Orbit Feedback (FOFB) communication network in 2009. It enabled synchronous capture and archive of the entire position data in real-time from all Electron Beam Position Monitors (BPMs) and X-Ray BPMs. The FA Archiver solution has also been adopted by SOLEIL and ESRF. However, the obsolescence of the existing PCI Express (PCIe) based FPGA board from Xilinx and continuing interest from community forced us to look for a new hardware platform while keeping the back compatibility with the existing Linux kernel driver and application software. This paper reports our experience with using the PCIe SPEC card from CERN Open Hardware initiative as the new FA Archiver platform. Implementation of the SPEC-based FA Archiver has been successfully completed and recently deployed at ALBA in Spain.

Subject Areas: Technique Development

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