The 11th International Workshop on the Application of Field Programmable Gate Arrays in Nuclear Power Plants was held October 8-11, 2018 in Dallas, Texas, USA. The meeting was organized by SunPort SA, hosted by Doosan HFC, sponsored by Curtiss-Wright and Radiy, and held in cooperation with the International Atomic Energy Association. It brought together 67 participants from 14 countries. The attendees included nuclear power vendors/suppliers, regulators, and engineering and research organizations.
The final agenda of the workshop included 5 invited presentations, 20 technical presentations, and 3 workshop discussion sessions.
Radiy and Radics representatives had a key role in sharing best practices to implement modernization projects using their FPGA-based Platform. The presentations made by Anton Andrashov and Kostiantyn Leoniiev also demonstrated Radiy’s achievements in SIL certification, equipment qualifications, and the US NRC licensing processes. They addressed the current challenges in the nuclear industry regarding FPGA-based technology and provided good evidence of the advantages of FPGAs.
The workshop included a RadICS Platform demonstration which was an opportunity for attendees to see different types of tests used for systems qualification.
One of the most important moments of the workshop occurred when Dennis Milsom, Instrumentation and Control Director for the nuclear division of Curtiss-Wright, made the official announcement that Radics LLC and Curtiss-Wright had signed a strategic partnership agreement.
The workshop provided a valuable networking opportunity and set the stage for further cooperation within the industry. The 12th International Workshop on the Application of FPGAs in NPPs is tentatively planned for October 2019 in Budapest, Hungary.