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Tcl'2006 Abstract: Vme : Large Leverage From a Small Extension

13th Annual Tcl/Tk Conference

Main Registration Schedule Tutorials Info

October 9-13, 2006
Holiday Inn Select
Naperville, Illinois USA

Important Information
Abstracts and proposals due June 30, 2006
Notification to authors July 31, 2006
Author materials due September 30, 2006
Tutorials start October 9, 2006
Conference starts October 11, 2006
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We are pleased to announce the 13th Annual Tcl/Tk conference (Tcl'2006), sponsored by Noumena Corporation , Digital Smarties , Eolas Technologies and ActiveState .

Vme : Large Leverage From a Small Extension

Author: Ron Fox


Experiments at the National Superconducing Cyclotron Laboratory at Michigan State Univeristy (NSCL/MSU) require the ability to access a wide variety of electronics housed in VME bus backplanes. While the main data flow of an experiment requires software that is highly tuned for performance, a number of slow control applications are often running at the same time. This paper will describe Vme a very small Tcl extension that provides access to the VME backplane.

A short tutorial on the VME bus will be presented. The design goals of the extension are described. The VME interface hardware on which it has been implemented are also described. I will survey some of the applications that have been implemented in pure Tcl on top of this extension by myself and experimenters at the NSCL/MSU.

Conference Committee

Cyndy Lilagan   Eolas TechnologiesFacilities Coordination
Clif Flynt   Noumena CorpGeneral Chair
Steve Redler IV   SR TechnologyProgram Chair
Steve Landers   Digital SmartiesProgram Co-chair
Kevin Kenny   GE Global Research Center
Jeffrey Hobbs   ActiveState Corp
Andreas Kupries   ActiveState Corp
Ron Fox   NSCL Michigan State University
Donal Fellows   University of Manchester
Larry Virden   Tcl FAQ Maintainer
Mike Doyle   Eolas Technologies
Gerald Lester   HMS Software

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