NTCP Scramnet Control Plugin

Site for information on control via scramnet.

About

As part of the integration of our data acquisition and control equipment with NEESgrid the NTCP SCRAMNet Control Plugin was developed. This piece of software interfaces our local control systems with NTCP. NTCP stands for NEESgrid Teleoperations Control Protocol and is used to perform remote control of physical experiments or simulations.

All the local control systems are linked via a high speed optical network, called SCRAMNet. This is also the software interface which is used to interface with the controllers programmatically. This interface provides control of all our actuators and shake tables in one integrated location. When doing a distributed test using the NTCP protocol, these local control systems must receive the control commands from the Internet over the SCRAMNet network. The NTCP SCRAMNet Control Plugin performs this job.

The Control Plugin receives control commands sent from a remote site over the internet, using NTCP, and translates them to control commands sent over the SCRAMNet network. It then waits for the control system execute the requested command and returns the feedback from the SCRAMNet network and translates it back to NTCP and send it off over the internet to the remote site.

This software is fully developed and has been validated as part of the Fast MOST deployment testing. The SCRAMNet networking technology is being used at a number of equipment sites to control their equipment. The Control Plugin has been written and designed in a way that it is easy to reconfigure it to be used at other equipment sites. Full source code and documentation are available from our website for the NEES community and others.

News

  • 09/30/2004 Version 1.0.0 Released

    Version 1.0.0 has been released. This is the initial release.

Documentation

API and design docs.

  • Install Instructions
  • Configuration
  • Plugin Design
  • Javadoc (Version 0.1)
  • Validation

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Current Version

Version 1.0.0

Authors

Jason P. Hanley and Goran Josipovic
University at Buffalo
gj4@buffalo.edu

Mettupalayam Sivaselvan, Ph.D.
University at Buffalo
mvs@buffalo.edu

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Acknowledgements

This work is supported in part by the George E. Brown, Jr. Network for Earthquake Engineering Simulation (NEES) Program of the National Science Foundation under Award Numbers CMS-0086611 and CMS-0086612.

License

This software is released under the following license. This license is commonly known as the MIT License.

Copyright (c) 2004 University at Buffalo

Permission is hereby granted, free of charge, to any person obtaining a copy of this software and associated documentation files (the "Software"), to deal in the Software without restriction, including without limitation the rights to use, copy, modify, merge, publish, distribute, sublicense, and/or sell copies of the Software, and to permit persons to whom the Software is furnished to do so, subject to the following conditions:

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