The JT-60 data processing system is a large computer complex, gradually being modernized by utilizing progressing computer and network technologies. There were three major changes in our system recently. A VME-based fast data acquisition system (FDS) has been developed to enlarge a transient mass-data storage system (TMDS). It can acquire the data of 6 MB per channel with 1 or 5 μs sampling. Now there are three FDSs with 29 channels. The TMDS, which was composed of a mini-computer and 61 channels of 6 MB memory modules with 5-μs sampling, has been replaced with a new system based on the technology of the VME-based fast data acquisition system. One of the outdated auxiliary crate controllers with micro-processor (ACM), which controls CAMAC modules in the crate on the serial highway, acquires data from them and transfers data to the main computer, has been replaced by a workstation with a VMEbus byte-serial highway driver. The combination of a workstation and a VMEbus byte-serial highway driver has been developed and used to replace many mini-computers in our system. A workstation with a digital linear tape (DLT) library has been introduced as final data storage. The conversion of a few terabytes of raw data tapes for a cartridge tape library (CTL), which is attached to a mainframe computer, Fujitsu GS8300, will be started by using data conversion software prepared to handle mainframe data on the workstation. © 2002 Elsevier Science B.V. All rights reserved.
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