21-25 May 2012
New York City, NY, USA
US/Eastern timezone

High-performance scalable information service for the ATLAS experiment.

24 May 2012, 13:30
4h 45m
Rosenthal Pavilion (10th floor) (Kimmel Center)

Rosenthal Pavilion (10th floor)

Kimmel Center

Poster Online Computing (track 1) Poster Session


Dr Giuseppe Avolio (University of California Irvine (US))


The ATLAS experiment is being operated by highly distributed computing system which is constantly producing a lot of status information which is used to monitor the experiment operational conditions as well as to access the quality of the physics data being taken. For example the ATLAS High Level Trigger(HLT) algorithms are executed on the online computing farm consisting from about 2000 nodes. Each HLT algorithm is producing few thousands histograms, which have to be summed over the whole cluster and carefully analysed in order to properly tune the event rejection. In order to handle all such non-physics data the Information Service (IS) facility has been developed in the scope of the ATLAS TDAQ project. The IS provides high-performance scalable solution for information exchange in distributed environment. In the course of an ATLAS data taking session the IS handles about hundred gigabytes of information which is being constantly updated with the update interval varying from a second to few tens of seconds. IS provides access to any information item on request as well as distributing notification to all the information subscribers. In both cases the IS clients receive information in less then 1ms after it was updated. IS can handle arbitrary type of information including histograms produced by the HLT applications and provides C++, Java and Python API. The Information Service is a primarily and in most cases a unique source of information for the majority of the online monitoring analysis and GUI applications, used to control and monitor the ATLAS experiment. Information Service provides streaming functionality allowing efficient replication of all or part of the managed information. This functionality is used to duplicate the subset of the ATLAS monitoring data to the CERN public network with the latency of the order of 1ms, allowing efficient real-time monitoring of the data taking from outside the protected ATLAS network. Each information item in IS has an associated URL which can be used to access that item online via HTTP protocol. This functionality is being used by many online monitoring applications which can run in a WEB browser, providing real-time monitoring information about ATLAS experiment over the globe. This paper will describe design and implementation of the IS and present performance results which have been taken in the ATLAS operational environment.

Primary author

Mr Serguei Kolos (University of California Irvine (US))


Dr Giuseppe Avolio (University of California Irvine (US))

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