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ASDEX Upgrade today delivers approximately 25 GBytes of data per week. To manage this demand, which in fact is a growth by a factor of two in the last 2 years, several improvements to the data acquisition (DAQ) system have been made to avoid bottlenecks and to enhance the usability. Modifications were done to the diagnostic clients to speed up the storage of big diagnostic files to the central analysis server. The diagnostic synchronization server has been modified to handle wait requests not only for raw but for any level of evaluated data files. The central analysis server has been upgraded to deliver the power to do synoptic data analysis on up to 500 MBytes (shot on a single multiprocessor machine in shared memory. Additionally a cluster of ten workstations for parallel applications has been built up for MHD equilibrium calculations and other CPU-intensive tasks. The Andrew File System (AFS) archive servers have been upgraded to more disk capacity, redundant storage architecture and faster network connections. However, as a basis for these improvements the network backbone and the server connections have been moved from FDDI to Gigabit-Ethernet and single workstation connections from Ethernet to Fast-Ethernet. Performance analysis results give an impression of the achieved improvements. Other projects in conjunction with the DAQ system at ASDEX Upgrade are the 'hotlink' interface system development for the Soft-X-Ray and Mirnov- Probes diagnostics and the 'S-link' development for an enhanced electron cyclotron emission (ECE) diagnostic. Both will serve as prototypes for future real-time diagnostics, which shall be able to deliver processed data in real-time to other systems -especially experiment control -to achieve a possibly better experiment performance.

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Authors: BEHLER K ET AL, Max-Plank-Institut fur Plasmaphysik,EURATOM-Association, Boltzmannstrasse 2, D-85748 Garching (DE)
Bibliographic Reference: Article:Article:Fusion Engineering and Design, Vol. 48 (2000), pp. 171-178
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