Three oral contributions at RT2018

Three IPFN researchers contributed with 3 oral presentations and 1 poster mini-oral at the 21st IEEE NPSS Real Time Conference that took place last June in Colonial Williamsburg, VA, United States of America, recognizing the state-of art activity they are developing in the field.
The IEEE NPSS Real Time Conference is a multidisciplinary event devoted to the latest developments on real time techniques in the fields of plasma and nuclear fusion, particle physics, nuclear physics and astrophysics, space science, accelerators, medical physics, nuclear power instrumentation and other radiation instrumentation.
This conference provides an opportunity for scientists, engineers, and students from all over the world to share the latest research and developments.  This event also attracts relevant industries, integrating a broad spectrum of computing applications and technology.
This year RT2018 had the participation of more than 200 scientists and engineers from 17 different countries over the course of seven days. Among them where 3 IPFN researchers: Miguel Correia, Nuno Cruz e Ana Fernandes.
Miguel Correia made the first IPFN oral contribution with the title “PCIe Hot Plug support standardization challenges in ATCA”. In his work Miguel proposed relevant guidelines for the creation of hardware standards that will help to obtain a higher availability for the nuclear instrumentation that uses the ATCA standard.
Nuno Cruz oral presentation depicted his work on 'The Design and Performance of the Real Time Software Architecture for the ITER Radial Neutron Camera'. He also presented the mini-oral and poster authored by Bruno Santos on the “Real time data compression for data acquisition systems applied to the ITER Radial Neutron Camera”. These two contributions reflect the design and software implementation work the authors have been carrying out on the data acquisition system for the ITER Radial Neutron Camera diagnostic that aims to measure and characterize the neutron emissivity of the ITER tokamak plasmas.
Ana Fernandes presented her work on 'FPGA code for the data acquisition and real-time processing prototype of the ITER Radial Neutron Camera', which relates to the same project as the two previous presentation but focus on the FPGA code that runs on the data acquisition modules to deliver in real time and with high performance raw and processed data to the local computer.
The next conference will be RT2020, in Vietname.