Cosylab European Space Agency

A Modern Infrastructure for the European Ground Control

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Historically, in Europe, diverse systems have been used by various agencies and organisations for AIT (Assembly, Integration and Testing) and Flight operations for a variety of missions. Many of them are using old technologies, and agencies and organisations face difficulties in modernising them. The solution to this is the EGS-CC framework, which is a European initiative to reduce risk and recurring costs and ensure synergy across missions and different space project phases.

A Checklist for a Modern Control System

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In the last decade, control system development for Big Science facilities has become an established engineering discipline and less of a scientific endeavour that it expectedly was, at times, characterised by the "not-invented-here" viewpoint.
How to perform a Control Systems Project: The Example of BBCS

How to Perform a Control Systems Project: The Example of BBCS

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As early as 2012, the consulting firm McKinsey&Co determined that "half of all large IT projects massively overblow their budget". This finding, consistent across industries, also threatens big science projects in general, and their control-system integration programmes specifically. Our company has been an external contributor to integrating control systems for large scientific installations and sites worldwide for almost twenty years. I am going to describe what methodology we usually use as the most effective in control-system projects.

A Compact and Fast Build System, Fit for a Ninja

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As all software developers, C++ programmers face annoyances in their typical workday behind the keyboard, but some of them are especially tedious. One type of the latter is unwanted periods of inactivity while waiting for the source code of a large project to compile.

One-click Environments with Docker can Ease a Developer's Life

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There is a misconception in software engineering that DevOps is only about Continuous Integration (CI), that is, writing, modifying and testing code that you push to Git. While CI is essential and I wholeheartedly endorse it, it far from the only area on which DevOps focuses. In this article, I will talk about one aspect of DevOps that is rarely taken into consideration – having a “one-click environment” on your project.
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Research and Medical Physics Landscape in China

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I will briefly go through some Chinese medical-physics and scientific projects and initiatives that we find especially compelling. Nevertheless; when engineering companies describe their experiences in China, the results are similar to those in the Buddhist parable where blind men describe an elephant, each detailing a different body part. So, let me describe the elephant’s leg.

My Travels: A Look at the Trio of Unbeatable 2019 Events in Big Physics

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At Cosylab we try to stay on our toes all the time, maintaining and strengthening our ties with industry, our partners and our customers in the domain of Big Physics. Hopefully, we are letting future clients know that we are ready to help them, too with their engineering challenges in controlling systems. On the other hand, the analogy of keeping ourselves on our toes is, perhaps, not the most fortunate one, as we at Cosylab also travel a lot with our toes in the air, high above the oceans separating the world's continents. A good example is 2019 when we flew over multiple continents to visit a trio of the most significant events of the scientific community - IPAC, IBIC and ICALEPCS in Melbourne, Malmö and Brooklyn, respectively.

How Cosylab and SINAP Collaborated on Producing a Fast Machine Interlock System

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A fast, flexible and reliable machine interlock system (MIS) is a safety feature that every machine needs to prevent it from harming its users or damaging itself, primarily when it operates at high energies. Even most machines in everyday use have an MIS, such as cars, clothes-washers, lifts and microwave ovens, but so do Big Physics machines, which often operate at quite high energy levels.

The ELI-NP GBS CS: A Tale of Engineering a Complete EPICS Control System

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Extreme Light Infrastructure Nuclear Physics is a Big Science facility being built in Magurele, Romania, and is slated to become the most advanced, highly intense laser and gamma beam facility in the world. Cosylab, as a subcontractor for the EuroGammaS Consortium, assumed the responsibility for defining the scope and the delivery of the complete control system for the Gamma Beam System, based on the industry-standard EPICS framework.

CTA, Gamma Rays and the Slovenian Connection

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The Cherenkov Telescope Array (CTA) is new global array of land-based gamma-ray detectors that will allow further studies in high energy astrophysics, cosmology and fundamental physics, especially those of the most energy-intensive phenomena in the Cosmos.