Investigating the case of Open Source applications within nuclear power

Olli Ventä, Björn Wahlström

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Open Source has since the creation of the first version of the Linux operating system become a realistic alternative also for commercial applications. Open Source software has so far not been used within nuclear power at least to a level where serious application notes would be found from a websearch. However, going through some of the requirements that are placed for example on I&C for nuclear power plants there seem to be advantages if at least some parts of the software components would be based on Open Source technology. Some of these advantages include, but are not restricted to, a possibility to assess the likelihood of software failures and an easier upgrade to new generations of hardware. The paper addresses benefits of using Open Source based applications in different functions within nuclear power plants. The intention is to open up a broader discussion of strategies within the nuclear community in the development of I&C and other computer based applications for present and future nuclear power plants.
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages8
Publication statusPublished - 2007
MoE publication typeNot Eligible
EventEHPG Meeting of the OECD Halden Reactor Project 2007 - Storefjell, Norway
Duration: 12 Mar 200715 Mar 2007


ConferenceEHPG Meeting of the OECD Halden Reactor Project 2007

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