MC8: Applications of Accelerators, Technology Transfer and Industrial Relations
U06 Technology Transfer and Lab-Industry Relations
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  • T. Walter, I. Mahns, H. Schlarb
    DESY, Hamburg, Germany
  Funding: The MicroTCA Technology Lab (A Helmholtz Innovation Lab) is supported by the Helmholtz Association under grant HIL-002.
MicroTCA-based LLRF systems for beam control and beam diagnostics are gaining traction in many facilities around the world. Over the past decade, a comprehensive portfolio of hardware solutions (boards, crates, backplanes) has become available to cater for demanding signal processing applications in state-of-the-art facilities like the European XFEL. Gradually, industrial applications of MicroTCA also have become more common. In response various requests, DESY has opened the MicroTCA Technology Lab (A Helmholtz Innovation Lab) in April 2018 as a service unit for research and industry with a focus on: - Customer-specific developments in MicroTCA (hardware, firmware, software), - High-end test and measurement services, - Consulting and system integration. We report on intermediate results and emerging projects after one year of operation, with transfer examples from the industrial automation and medical technology sectors as well as overlapping developments for the physics research community.
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About • paper received ※ 14 May 2019       paper accepted ※ 23 May 2019       issue date ※ 21 June 2019  
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THPMP035 Tactile Collider : Accelerator Outreach to Visually Impaired Audiences 3518
  • R.B. Appleby, B. Jeffrey, B.S. Kyle, T.H. Pacey, H. Rafique, S.C. Tygier, R. Watson
    UMAN, Manchester, United Kingdom
  • T. Boyd, A.L. Healy
    Cockcroft Institute, Lancaster University, Lancaster, United Kingdom
  • C.S. Edmonds
    Cockcroft Institute, Warrington, Cheshire, United Kingdom
  • M.T. Hibberd
    The University of Manchester, The Photon Science Institute, Manchester, United Kingdom
  Funding: STFC (UK)
The Large Hadron Collider (LHC) has attracted significant attention from the general public. The science of the LHC and Higgs Boson is primarily communicated to school children and the wider public using visual methods. As a result, people with visual impairment (VI) often have difficulty accessing scientific communications and may be culturally excluded from news of scientific progress. Tactile Collider is a multi-sensory experience that aims to communicate particle accelerator science in a way that is inclusive of audiences with VI. These experiences are delivered as a 2-hour event that has been touring the UK since 2017. In this article we present the methods and training that have been used in implementing Tactile Collider as a model for engaging children and adults with science. The event has been developed alongside experts that specialise in making learning accessible to people with VI.
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About • paper received ※ 09 May 2019       paper accepted ※ 22 May 2019       issue date ※ 21 June 2019  
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THPMP046 Knowledge Exchange Within the Particle Accelerator Community via Cloud Computing 3548
  • D.L. Bruhwiler, D.T. Abell, N.M. Cook, C.C. Hall, M.V. Keilman, P. Moeller, R. Nagler, B. Nash
    RadiaSoft LLC, Boulder, Colorado, USA
  Funding: Work supported by US Department of Energy under Award Nos. DE-SC0011237, DE-SC0011340, DE-SC0018719, DE-SC0015212, DE-SC0017181 and DE-SC0017162.
The development, testing and use of particle accelerator modeling codes is a core competency of accelerator research laboratories around the world, and likewise for synchrotron radiation and X-ray optics codes at lightsource facilities. Such codes require time and training to learn a command-line workflow involving multiple input and configuration files, execution on a high-performance server or cluster, post-processing with specialized software and finally visualization. Such workflows are error prone an difficult to reproduce. Cloud computing and UI design are core competencies of RadiaSoft LLC, where the Sirepo* framework is being developed to make state of the art codes available in the browser of any desktop, laptop or tablet. We present our initial successes as real world examples of knowledge exchange (KE) between industry and the research community. This work is leading to broader knowledge exchange throughout the community by facilitating education of students and enabling instantaneous sharing of simulation details between colleagues. Sirepo design objectives include: seamless integration with legacy codes, low barrier to entry for new users, configuration transfer to command line mode, catalog of provenance to aid reproducibility, and simplified collaboration through multimodal sharing. The Sirepo Scientific Gateway** allows users to directly test the software. The combination of intuitive browser-based GUIs and Sirepo’s server-side application container technology enables simplified computational archiving and reproducibility. If embraced by the community, this could become an important asset for the design, commissioning and future upgrade of particle accelerator and X-ray beamline facilities.
* Sirepo cloud computing framework,
** Sirepo Scientific Gateway,
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About • paper received ※ 21 May 2019       paper accepted ※ 23 May 2019       issue date ※ 21 June 2019  
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