Automated Experimental Data Analysis at the National Ignition Facility
A.L.Warrick, E.J.Bond, J.A.Liebman, J.D.Tappero, P.W.Edwards, R.C.Bettenhausen, R.G.Beeler, S.G.Azevedo*, S.M.Glenn, W.H.Williams (LLNL)
The National Ignition Facility (NIF) at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory is a 192-beam 1.8 MJ ultraviolet laser system designed to support high-energy-density science, including demonstration of inertial confinement fusion ignition. After each target shot lasting ~20 ns, scientists require data acquisition, analysis, and display within 30 minutes from more than 20 specialized high-speed diagnostic instruments. These diagnostics measure critical x-ray, optical, and nuclear phenomena during target burn to quantify ignition results that are compared to computational models. All diagnostic data (hundreds of Gbytes) are automatically transferred to an Oracle database that triggers the NIF Shot Data Analysis (SDA) Engine, which distributes the signal and image processing tasks to a Linux cluster. The SDA Engine integrates commercial workflow tools and messaging technologies into a scientific software architecture that is highly parallel, scalable, and flexible. Results are archived in the database for scientist approval and displayed using a web-based tool. The unique architecture and functionality of the SDA Engine will be presented along with examples.
This work performed under the auspices of the U.S. Department of Energy by Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory under Contract DE-AC52-07NA27344.