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Engineers, scientists, and physicists around the world are working to solve various challenges in areas such as particle physics, fusion, and astronomy. From being able to program embedded real-time systems based on multicore processors and field-programmable gate arrays (FPGAs) to working with high-speed data acquisition systems requiring timing and synchronization, engineers, scientists, and physicists use NI commercial off-the-shelf (COTS) software and hardware to help them meet their control and instrumentation needs.
Particle accelerators, devices that use electric fields to propel electrically charged particles to high speeds, are used for a variety of purposes ranging from studying particle physics to treating cancer. Researchers use NI platforms in numerous applications for their instrumentation and control needs.
With fusion power offering the potential for environmentally benign and essentially inexhaustible electricity, researchers are pursuing the challenge of confining plasma using a magnetic field. National Instruments offers commercial technologies for real-time control, analysis, and data acquisition.
With the advent of telescopes that incorporate the most advanced technologies and sophisticated techniques available to scientists, astronomy has become one of the most modern and dynamic sciences. NI LabVIEW software with its native multicore support and math and analysis functions offers scientists high-performance computational capabilities required to control and align the mirrors of a telescope.