Author: Ilina, M.A.
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THMPL05 Applying Ontological Approach to Storing Configuration Data 1271
  • M.A. Ilina, P.B. Cheblakov
    BINP SB RAS, Novosibirsk, Russia
  Control systems of large experimental facilities need a great number of heterogeneous interconnected parameters to control software applications. As configuration information grows in volume, it becomes harder to be maintained manually and poses a potential threat to data integrity. To tackle this problem, we applied ontological approach to storing configuration data. Ontology is a formal representation of concepts and relations of the domain of discourse, enriched by rules for inferring assumed knowledge. We designed the ontology that describes the controlling electronics for the double-direction bipolar transfer line K-500, which transports beam from the Injection Complex to colliders VEPP-4 and VEPP-2000 at BINP, Novosibirsk, Russia. We populated the ontology by importing data from existing configuration files of the control system and developed the interface for querying configuration data. The designed storage has several benefits over the conventional approaches. It maintains heterogeneous objects with non-trivial dependencies in centralized form, performs data verification and can be expanded to the diverse ontology describing all information about the facility.  
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