Energy and Climate

Fusion Technologies Sandia National Laboratories

The PMTF computer system can perform theoretical modeling and analysis, experimental control and data acquisition, and post-test data reduction and analysis. The system is a heterogeneous network of workstations and PCs. Data- and file-storage units and other peripherals are used for building models, graphically displaying theoretical analyses, design/drafting of mock-up units, and for control and data acquisition during testing using the EB-60 and EB-1200 systems. Connections to international networks provide ease of electronic communications and file exchange.

Data LabThe PMTF data acquisition and control system, although connected to the facility computer network, operates independently. Originally, a star-hub configuration is used for both the EB-60 and EB-1200 based upon CAMAC (computer automated measurement and control) Ethernet crate controllers. The PC-based Vsystem™ and Windows software packages increase the flexibility of our response to changes in experimental plans, provide a window based graphical user interface, and distribute control and data processes across multiple PC workstations, while preserving previous investments in CAMAC hardware and in-house software development. An upgrade of the data acquisition and control system is underway to the latest version of LabView and new National Instruments-based hardware.

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