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Data Turbine 3.11 and DT Utilities

Data Turbine and DT Utilities

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Version 3.11 - published on 21 Feb 2013

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Data Turbine Utilities

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To install, follow this procedure:

Ensure you have the latest Java JDK installed before installing the Data Turbine server and utilities.

Install the Data Turbine distribution version 3.1a production release.  This may be downloaded from  Double-click on the installation jar file or type 'java -jar RBNB-V3.1a-install.jar' to install. Data Turbine is an open source Java application maintained by The Open Source Data Turbine Initiative and previously developed by Creare, Inc.

Click on the download button or Supporting Docs tab above and download the install.jar file.  Install the Data Turbine Utilities by double-clicking on the jar file or by typing 'java -jar install.jar'.  A wizard will guide you through the installation. On Windows, the distribution is installed by default to C:Program FilesData Turbine Utilities.

Copy the rbnb.jar file from the RBNB/V3.1a/bin directory to the lib directory under Data Turbine Utilities.  This will overwrite the older version that is installed by default. 

The data turbine utilities may be accessed from a terminal or command window (cmd.exe on Windows) by changing to the distribution directory and typing the dtu command.  Documentation is found in the DTU310.pdf file found in the distribution directory.

Data Turbine Release Notes

Version 3.10

October 12, 2009
New features include:

  • Numerous minor updates to ancillary modules including rbnbPlot, UDPCaster, WebDAVServlet, TrackDataPlugin, and HttpMonitor.

Bug fixes include:

  • Metadata channel bug that potentially lead to out of memory errors is now fixed.
  • Server mirroring bug that potentially lead to deadlock is now fixed.
  • Numerous bug fixes to ancillary modules including rbnbPlot, UDPCaster, WebDAVServlet, TrackDataPlugin, and HttpMonitor.

NOTE: Along with planned migration to OSDT Data Turbine 3.1 in both the iSeismograph and NEESit Data Turbine software packages, NEESit will be aligning its version numbering with the OSDT Data Turbine product.

NEESit Data Turbine, previously released as Data Turbine 3.9 and bundled with Data Turbine Utilities, will now be classified as version 3.0, and this release of NEESit Data Turbine release will be classified as Data Turbine 3.1. Data Turbine Utilities releases will retain the same version number, currently at version 3.10 following with an upcoming 3.11 release.

Version 3.9

January 3, 2008
New features include:

  • Automated Archive: Better detection of video channels when given from command line.
  • Automated Archive: Added -f option for user specified numeric file name to upload to NEEScentral
  • Automated Archive: Added -x to specify video zip file name to upload to NEEScentral
  • Automated Archive: Include Source_Channel as part of zip file name to upload to NEEScentral
  • Automated Archive: Added -B option for number of seconds from now to go back to set a start time for channel upload to NEEScentral

Version 3.8

September 4, 2007
New features include:

  • Automatically archive experiment data to NEEScentral, via Archive, a utility to streamline the process of archiving and uploading an experiment’s sample data to NEEScentral.
  • Import OpenSees simulation data into Data Turbine, via OpenSeesToRbnb, a utility to import OpenSees xml data files to RBNB. Refer to the OpenSees xsd format for xml input files at:
  • Upgrades Creare’s Data Turbine Server to release 3.0, which supports mirroring (the ability to distribute user loads across multiple servers), and decimation (the ability to adjust to a lower data-rate in situations with limited bandwidth).


Use Event Markers to export numeric and video data, via RBNBToFile and JpgSaverSink, utilities to export numeric and video data from RBNB. These now have Event Markers as input parameters.
•All console logs now have date/time timestamps.

Version 3.7

March 29, 2007
New features include:

  • Packaged Data Turbine utilities for Windows

Bug fixes and other enhancements

  • Behavior of the -r input parameter has been modified so that the cache size is no longer calculated as a percentage of the length of the test. This fixed situations when long test times (e.g., 24 hours) caused the JVM to run out of memory and crash.
  • Rewrote significant portions of code to make it more legible and easier to maintain.
  • Extended FileToRbnb to support data files with relative timestamps, in addition to absolute timestamps. Uses the same format as RDV:
  • Added JUnit classes to test the functionalities of each utility. This will help with future quality assurance testing.

Version 3.6

September 12, 2006
Major New Features

  • Addition of Orb2Rbnb, a utility used to obtain data from an Antelope ORB and send it to the Data Turbine server.
  • Addition of FileToRbnb, a utility used to acquire DAQ data from a text file and send it to the Data

Turbine server.
Bug Fixes/Minor Enhancements since 3.5

  • Files loaded by JpgLoaderSource remain available after JpgLoaderSource exits.
  • DaqToRbnb now recognizes when new sensors are added.
  • Fixed a bug where RDV would go into an infinite loop when AxisSource was run in high-resolution mode.
  • Changed the default archive directory from /tmp/rbnb_archive to /var/lib/rbnb.

Version 3.5

July 31, 2006
Chief among new features for the Data Turbine 3.5 release are:

  • Extraction of Data Turbine and the Data Turbine utilities from the NEESpop 3.4 release
  • Repackaging of the distribution as Linux RPMs.
  • Significant extensions to the Data Turbine documentation.
    Major New Features


  • Addition of DLinkSource, a utility used to acquire data from a D-Link DCS-900 camera and send it to the Data Turbine server.


  • Extraction of Data Turbine server and utilities from the NEESpop 3.4 distribution; release repackaged as Linux RPMs.
  • Separated Data Turbine utilities into production and development trees. Production utilities are tested, documented, packaged, and supported while development utilities are not packaged but are available via the source repository ( The production utilities consists of:
    • DaqToRbnb, AxisSource, flexTpsSource, DLinkSource, JpgSaverSink, and JpgLoaderSource.


  • New: Getting Started with Data Turbine
  • Revised: Data Turbine Utilities
  •  Bug Fixes/Minor Enhancements since NEESpop 3.4 release

Cite this work

Researchers should cite this work as follows:

  • Drew Daugherty (2010), "Data Turbine 3.11 and DT Utilities,"

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