C-MTS: An Accelerator Timing System in a Box
C-MTS is a distributed and scalable system for synchronizing the operation of hundreds of devices in a modern particle accelerator with high temporal accuracy.
This timing-system solution is an off-the-shelf product, highly adaptable to the engineering demand of PT accelerators of varying size and type as well as research particle accelerators.
Based on Cosylab’s years of experience in developing timing systems for both medical and experimental accelerators, C-MTS ensures the best balance between flexibility, usability, robustness and ease of integration with all the other devices in an accelerator machine.
Benefits of C-MTS
MADIE, OPC UA and ZeroMQ
A MADIE plugin for integration with devices in the host framework. Supports industry-standard interfaces, including OPC UA and ZeroMQ-based messaging.
A central source
A primary source of the clock, triggers and time for synchronizing operation of devices and precise data timestamping.
Distributed and scalable
A distributed and scalable timing system. Runs a nearly limitless number of receivers, phase-locked to the timing generator with no phase drift.
The real-time data distribution guarantees fast energy-switching.
A fast and tried acknowledging mechanism for medical treatments. Lowering energy-switching time shortens the treatments, growing patient throughput.
C-MTS is built on well-proven, scalable and extensible technologies such as the National Instruments PXIe computing equipment and Micro-Research-Finland (MRF) timing hardware, ensuring exact synchronization.
The technology can be easily integrated with numerous platforms, ranging from VME to cPCI industrial computing equipment, PLCs and low-level electrical and optical signalling technologies (e.g. TTL, ECL, SFP, LVDS).
C-MTS is based on the technology development of the “Reliable Event Distribution Nework” (REDNet) in the frame of the cooperation between CERN, Cosylab and MedAustron between 2008 and 2014. The technology was disclosed during the development and has been made openly available through the ARIES EU project (Grant Agreement No. 7308761) inside the Horizon 2020 programme to create societal benefits in various application fields.
The initial adoption of the technology by other particle accelerator projects (ADAM LIGHT, MYRRHA ) demonstrate its flexibility and the capability to scale from small to large deployments with ease.
As Johannes Gutleber from CERN underlines: “The CERN – Cosylab cooperation in conceiving a general timing system technology is a great showcase of transfer from knowledge from fundamental particle physics research to society“.
- More about project’s milestones you can find: https://aries.web.cern.ch/milestones
- More about project’s deliverables you can find: https://aries.web.cern.ch/deliverables
About the results prepared in the document Accelerator Timing System Reviewed Requirements Document and in the document Reviewed design and system configuration, updated software.
- »Accelerator Timing System Reviewed Requirements Document« – Milestone report, ARIES, 2018.
- »Reviewed design and system configuration, updated software« – Milestone report, ARIES, 2019.
- “A TIMING SYSTEM FOR CYCLE BASED ACCELERATORS”; Gutleber, Kroflic, Dedic, Stefanic; ICALEPCS 2013; https://accelconf.web.cern.ch/icalepcs2013/papers/thppc104.pdf
- “Timing-system Solution for MedAustron, Real-time Event and Data Distribution Network”; Gutleber, Moser, Stefanic, Dedic, Tavcar; ICALEPCS 2011; http://accelconf.web.cern.ch/icalepcs2011/papers/wepmn015.pdf
- “The LIGHT Control and Interlock Systems”; Moser and Pavetits; ICALEPCS 2017; http://accelconf.web.cern.ch/icalepcs2017/papers/tupha064.pdf
ARIES (Accelerator Research and Innovation for European Science and Society), http://aries.web.cern.ch.
This project, ARIES, has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 Research and Innovation programme under Grant Agreement No 730871. Background knowledge and documentation for this product development activity have been made available by CERN.