12-23 October 2020
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Real-Time Implementation of the Neutron/Gamma discrimination in an FPGA-based DAQ MTCA platform using a Convolutional Neural Network

12 Oct 2020, 14:20
Oral presentation Deep Learning and Machine Learning Oral presentations DAQ01


ASTRAIN ETXEZARRETA, Miguel (Universidad Politécnica de Madrid)


Research on the classification of neutron/gamma waveforms in scintillators using Pulse Shape Discrimination (PSD) techniques is still an active topic. Numerous methods have been explored to optimise this classification. Some of the most recent research is focused on machine learning techniques for this classification with excellent results. In this field, FPGAs with high-sampling rate ADCs have been used to perform this classification in real-time. In this work, we select a potential architecture and implement it with the help of the IntelFPGA OpenCL SDK environment. The shorter and C-like development of OpenCL enables more straightforward modification and optimisation of the network architecture. The main goal of the work is to evaluate the resources and performance of a complete solution in the FPGA. The dataset used to model the neural network is provided by JET. The FPGA design is generated as if it was connected to an ADC module streaming the data samples with the help of a Board Support Package developed for an IntelFPGA ARRIA10 available in an AMC module in an MTCA.4 platform. The prototyped solution has been integrated into EPICS using the Nominal Device Support (NDSv3) model that is currently being developed by ITER.

*See the author list of E. Joffrin et al. accepted for publication in Nuclear Fusion Special issue 2019, https://doi.org/10.1088/1741-4326/ab2276

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ASTRAIN ETXEZARRETA, Miguel (Universidad Politécnica de Madrid) Prof. RUIZ, Mariano (Technical University of Madrid) Dr V STEPHEN, Adam (Culham Science Centre for Fusion Energy. UKAEA) Dr SARWAR, Rashed (Culham Science Centre for Fusion Energy. UKAEA) Dr CARPEÑO, Antonio (Universidad Politecnica de Madrid) ESQUEMBRI, Sergio (Universidad Politecnica de Madrid) MURARI, A (Consorzio RFX, Padova, Italy) JET CONTRIBUTORS

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