KTM tokamak operation scenarios software infrastructure

V. Pavlov, K. Baystrukov, Y. N. Golobokov, A. Ovchinnikov, A. Mezentsev, S. Merkulov, A. Lee, I. Tazhibayeva, G. Shapovalov

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One of the largest problems for tokamak devices such as Kazakhstan Tokamak for Material Testing (KTM) is the operation scenarios’ development and execution. Operation scenarios may be varied often, so a convenient hardware and software solution is required for scenario management and execution. Dozens of diagnostic and control subsystems with numerous configuration settings may be used in an experiment, so it is required to automate the subsystem configuration process to coordinate changes of the related settings and to prevent errors. Most of the diagnostic and control subsystems software at KTM was unified using an extra software layer, describing the hardware abstraction interface. The experiment sequence was described using a command language.

The whole infrastructure was brought together by a universal communication protocol supporting various media, including Ethernet and serial links. The operation sequence execution infrastructure was used at KTM to carry out plasma experiments.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)667-674
Number of pages8
JournalNuclear Engineering and Technology
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2014


  • Automatic control
  • Embedded software
  • Experiment scenario description language
  • KTM
  • Tokamak

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Nuclear Energy and Engineering

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