Author: Becheri, F.
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WEBPL06 Sardana Based Continuous Scans at ALBA - Current Status 1067
  • Z. Reszela, F. Becheri, G. Cuní, C. Falcon-Torres, D. Fernández-Carreiras, R. Homs-Puron, J. Moldes, C. Pascual-Izarra, R. Pastor Ortiz, D. Roldán, M. Rosanes Siscart
    ALBA-CELLS Synchrotron, Cerdanyola del Vallès, Spain
  A significant part of the experiments run at Alba Synchrotron* involve scans. The continuous scans were developed first ad hoc and latter the controls group dedicated important efforts to standardize them across the Alba instruments, enhancing the overall performance and allowing the users to better exploit the beamtime**. Sardana***, the experiment control software used at Alba, among other features, aims to provide a generic way of programming and executing continuous scans. This development just achieved a major milestone - an official version with a stable API. Recently the Alba instruments were successfully upgraded to profit from this release. In this paper we describe the evolution of these setups as well as the new continuous scan applications run at Alba. On the one hand, the most relevant hardware solutions are presented and assessed. On the other hand the Sardana software is evaluated in terms of its utility in building the continuous scans setups. Finally we discuss the future improvements plan designed to satisfy the ever-increasing requirements of the scientists.
** Z. Reszela et al. 'Implementation of Continuous Scans Used in Beamline Experiments at Alba Synchrotron', ICALEPCS2013
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THPHA169 Building S.C.A.D.A. Systems in Scientific Installations with Sardana and Taurus 1820
  • D. Fernández-Carreiras, J. Andreu, F. Becheri, S. Blanch-Torné, M. Broseta, G. Cuní, C. Falcon-Torres, R. Homs-Puron, G. Jover-Mañas, J. Klora, J. Moldes, C. Pascual-Izarra, S. Pusó Gallart, Z. Reszela, D. Roldán, M. Rosanes Siscart, A. Rubio, S. Rubio-Manrique, J. Villanueva
    ALBA-CELLS Synchrotron, Cerdanyola del Vallès, Spain
  • T.M. Coutinho, A. Homs, E.T. Taurel
    ESRF, Grenoble, France
  • Ł.J. Dudek, P.P. Goryl, Ł. Żytniak
    Solaris, Kraków, Poland
  • V.H. Hardion, A.M. Milan, D.P. Spruce
    MAX IV Laboratory, Lund University, Lund, Sweden
  • T. Kracht, M.T. Nunez Pardo de Vera
    DESY, Hamburg, Germany
  Sardana and Taurus form a python software suite for Supervision, Control and Data Acquisition (SCADA) optimized for scientific installations. Sardana and Taurus are open source and deliver a substantial reduction in both time and cost associated to the design, development and support of control and data acquisition systems. The project was initially developed at ALBA and later evolved to an international collaboration driven by a community of users and developers from ALBA, DESY, MAXIV and Solaris as well as other institutes and private companies. The advantages of Sardana for its adoption by other institutes are: free and open source code, comprehensive workflow for enhancement proposals, a powerful environment for building and executing macros, optimized access to the hardware and a generic Graphical User Interface (Taurus) that can be customized for every application. Sardana and Taurus are currently based on the Tango Control System framework but also capable to inter-operate to some extend with other control systems like EPICS. The software suite scales from small laboratories to large scientific institutions, allowing users to use only some parts or employ it as a whole.  
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