JAPC

Report
Wojciech Buczak, Wojciech Sliwinski BE-CO-IN
for the Middleware team
Vito Baggiolini, Roman Gorbonosov BE-CO-DA
Agenda
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What is JAPC ?
Overal achitecture
Core functionality
Implementation of Diverse Parameters
Interface – basic abstractions
JAPC extensions
ParameterMetafactory
Summary
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What is JAPC ?
JAPC is a unified API for all different kinds of
parameters present in CERN control system
JAPC = CORE + extensions + services
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JAPC: overal architecture
Java Control
Programs
GUI Components
General Purpose
Services
Diagnostic Tools
JAPC API
CMW directory
service
JAPC CORE
japc-ext-cmwrda2
Configuration
Database
CCDB
japc-ext-sim
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japc-ext-tgm
japc-ext-reference
RDA devices
japc-ext-remote
japc-ext-mockito
japc-ext-sim
SNMP devices
japc-ext-snmp
japc-ext-cmwrda3
Databases
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JMS
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JAPC: core functionality
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JAPC: “Java API for Parameter Control”
 Parameter a value you need to supervise and/or control
(aka control value, I/O point, I/O channel, signal, device
property)
Hardware, timing, remote server, db, alarms, simulation, ??..
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Core functionality provided by JAPC:
 SET/GET and MONITOR
> Synchronous and asynchronous operations
> Timing-dependent and periodic actions
 Obtain meta-information about the parameter
Processing and changing a parameter value on-the-fly
 Grouping information from several parameters into a
single value
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JAPC: Implementation of Diverse Parameters
Specfic
applications
GUI
components
Diagnostic
Tools
General
Purpose
Services
JAPC Interface
Parameter
----------------------------set()
get()
subscribe()
CMW Parameter
----------------------------set()
get()
subscribe()
DB Parameter
----------------------------set()
get()
subscribe()
Controls
Middleware
Database
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JAPC CORE
HW Devices
(Front-ends)
Simulated
parameters
Virtual Devices
(J2EE Server)
Database
or Files
Timing
System
TIMING Parameter
----------------------------set()
get()
subscribe()
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JAPC Interface – basic abstractions
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Parameter = the “handle”
 provides set/get and subscribe functionality
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ParameterValue = Data container
 Transports all data types supported by our front-ends
 Simple types (byte, int, double, String, etc) arrays, enums
 Composite types (contain several simple types)
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CycleSelector specifies when data shall be accessed
 Cycle-Event: timing system event at which the data shall be acquired
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Descriptor provides meta information on the parameter
 for self-configuring GUI components
 getDescription()
 isWritable(), isReadable(), isSubscribable()
 Information retrieved from CERN directory service
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ParameterFactory
 a class that knows how to create parameters
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JAPC: extensions
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Many extensions (plugins) available, with the most commonly used:
JAPC remoting extension (japc-ext-remote)
 Used to represent middle-tier servers as virtual devices and/or parameters
 provides set/get and subscribe functionality
 Supports GET/SET/MONITOR operations using serveral remoting technologies
(RMI/HTTP/JMS)
 Parameter configuration storred in a JAPC registry
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JAPC device access extension (japc-ext-cmwrda)
 Used to access hardware devices and represent them as a collection of parameters.
 Access done through Common Middleware (CMW)
 All basic operations supported (GET/SET/MONITOR)
 Optimization: support of array-calls
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New extensions can eaisily be written on demand
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JAPC: Metafactory
Part of JAPC core
 Client programs use a Factory to create parameters
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 Before: only one type of devices in a JVM
 Now: combination of all devices
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Metafactory knows what type of parameter to create
 Naming prefixes: protocol://service/device/property#field
e.g.
○ jms://cngs/CNGS.TBID/Acquisition#counts
 Name-to-service resolvers
○ One resolver per known type of parameter
○ Factory asks each resolver if it knows the parameter name
○ No protocol://service prefix needed
○ Example: directory service for RDA
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JAPC: summary
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Clients at CERN
 Many projects: LSA, INCA, CNGS, CESAR, Oasis, DIAMON, TIM
WorkingSets/Knobs
 Is there a project at CERN that does not use JAPC ?? 
Easily extendable – plugin architecture
 Dependencies
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 JAPC CORE: NONE
 extensions have various dependencies
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Some numbers
 JAPC core: 350 Classes, 60’000 Lines of Code;
 12 extensions: each 10-20 Classes, 1’000-3’000 Lines of Code
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