Epics@GSI Webhome


Welcome to the home of Epics at GSI. This is a web-based collaboration area for documentation on EPICS infrastructure and projects at GSI.

What is EPICS?

  • ... short answer(s):

      EPICS: Experimental Physics and Industrial Control System

  • ... a bit more elaborate:

      EPICS is a set of Open Source software tools, libraries and applications developed collaboratively and used worldwide to create distributed soft real-time control systems for scientific instruments such as a particle accelerators, telescopes and other large scientific experiments. (From the EPICS Home Page: https://epics-controls.org)

  • ... striking:

      ... is three things at once:
      • an architecture for building scalable control systems
      • a collection of code and documentation comprising a software toolkit
      • a collaboration of major scientific laboratories and industriy

  • The Logo of EPICS
    Epics "Home" at APS Clients and Servers (colored boxes) connected to one network (black line)

-- PeterZumbruch - 13 Dec 2010


EPICS login @ GSI

For running EPICS on GSI's central linux installations you need to initialize some environment variables and paths
$> . epics [Versions]
  • don't forget the `. ' at the beginning to source the script
  • use option -h to get the help
  • use option -l to get a list of available versions
  • it is based on the assumption you are using the default bash shell
  • for more details have a look at

    • The purpose GSI's central linux installations is mainly twofold:
      • provide client features of EPICS
      • provide showcases and example server installations and applications
    • If you intend to use EPICS for your experiment or application, especially as server, it is recommended to install your own specific EPICS (base) installations:
-- PeterZumbruch - 23 Jun 2009


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Getting Started

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EPICS web pages

The center of gravity of EPICS is at APS, the Advanced Photon Source of the Argonne National Lab.
The EPICS Home Page at APS builds the home of EPICS, while it is not exclusively developed there, mind the collaborative character of EPICS.

Lectures / Training Materials / Basics

At the EPICS home page in the section Training Materials a variety of introductions and training courses is presented.
Personally I (PZ) recommend:

-- PeterZumbruch - 2016 Nov 14


The mailing list of the EPICS universe, which is very active and fast responding. If you have a problem, which is not solved, you might get help here.


some knowledge collections

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Projects & Activities

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Training & Classes

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Talks & Presentations

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Developers' Corner, Tips & Tricks

Links, Tips & Tricks, Examples ... more.
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Internal Documents

Reports, Notes & other documents ... more.
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Attic Graveyard for old documents/sections

-- PeterZumbruch - 2008-10-22

Web Tree

EPICS is already in production for the HADES SlowControl System. A copy of this original web with more recent information can be found at http://www-hades.gsi.de/scs.

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OverView.htmlhtml OverView.html manage 12 K 2006-10-06 - 18:18 PeterZumbruch Document giving a short overview of EPICS, by S.A.Lewis (1994/2000)
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