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A multi-input-multi-output controller for the plasma vertical stabilization was implemented and installed on the Joint European Torus tokamak. The system can attain a control-cycle time of approximately 30 ¿¿s using ¿¿86 multi-core processors but targets 10 ¿¿s via Field Programmable Gate Array (FPGA) based processing. The hardware, complying with the Advanced Telecommunications Computing Architecture (ATCA) standard, was in-house designed and implemented to achieve the required performance and consists of: A total of 6 synchronized ATCA control boards, each one with 32 analog input channels which provide up to 192 galvanically-isolated channels, used mainly for magnetic measurements. Each board contains an FPGA, which performs digital signal processing and includes a PCI Express communications interface; An ATCA rear transition module, which comprises up to 8 galvanically-isolated analog output channels to control the fast radial field amplifier (¿¿10 kV, ¿¿2.5 kA). An optical link to digitally control the enhanced radial field amplifier (¿¿12 kV, ¿¿5 kA). Up to 8 EIA-485 digital inputs for timing and monitoring information; An ATCA processor blade with a quad-core processor, where the control algorithm is presently running, connected to the 6 ATCA control boards through the PCI Express interface. All FPGAs are interconnected by low-latency links via the ATCA full-mesh backplane, allowing all channel data to be available on each FPGA running an upcoming distributed control algorithm.