The Architecture of the Next CERN Accelerator Logging Service

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The Next Accelerator Logging Service (NXCALS) is a new Big Data project at CERN aiming to replace the existing Oracle-based service.
The main purpose of the system is to store and present Controls/Infrastructure related data gathered from thousands of devices in the whole accelerator complex.
The data is used to operate the machines, improve their performance and conduct studies for new beam types or future experiments.

During this talk, Jakub will speak about NXCALS requirements and design choices that lead to the selected architecture based on Hadoop and Spark. He will present the Ingestion API, the abstractions behind the Meta-data Service and the Spark-based Extraction API where simple changes to the schema handling greatly improved the overall usability of the system. The system itself is not CERN specific and can be of interest to other companies or institutes confronted with similar Big Data problems.

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