C-MTS: An Accelerator Timing System in a Box
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 top of Micro-Research Finland (MRF) hardware, ensuring exact synchronization.
Cosylab developed its firmware and software for MRF hardware employing its deep engineering understanding of central timing systems and with crucial cooperation with ADAM.
We undertook the necessary analysis and fundamental preparation for MRF under the auspices of the ARIES project (2017-2021) in the Horizon 2020 programme.
C-MTS also draws on work developed by CERN in the frame of the MedAustron medical-accelerator project from 2008 to 2014.
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.