Controlling a Particle Accelerator for Effective Ion Beam Cancer Therapy Using LabVIEW FPGA and NI FlexRIO
Author: Dr. Johannes Gutleber, CERN
Challenge: Developing a distributed control system for 300 quadruple magnets to generate a magnetic field that controls a particle beam of protons or carbon ions with 1 ms synchronization.
Solution: Implementing a fast control system based on NI FlexRIO hardware, the NI LabVIEW FPGA Module, and a real-time embedded controller to meet stringent latency, throughput, and scalability requirements while maintaining the flexibility to implement advanced software solutions with predictable time and cost.
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