May 21 – 25, 2012
New York City, NY, USA
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The Compact Muon Solenoid Detector Control System

May 21, 2012, 5:25 PM
Room 804/805 (Kimmel Center)

Room 804/805

Kimmel Center

Parallel Online Computing (track 1) Online Computing


Robert Gomez-Reino Garrido (CERN)


The Compact Muon Solenoid (CMS) is a CERN multi-purpose experiment that exploits the physics of the Large Hadron Collider (LHC). The Detector Control System (DCS) ensures a safe, correct and efficient experiment operation, contributing to the recording of high quality physics data. The DCS is programmed to automatically react to the LHC changes. CMS sub-detector’s bias voltages are set depending on the machine mode and particle beam conditions. A protection mechanism ensures that the sub-detectors are locked in a safe mode whenever a potentially dangerous situation exists. The system is supervised from the experiment control room by a single operator. A small set of screens summarizes the status of the detector from the approximately 6M monitored parameters. Using the experience of nearly two years of operation with beam the DCS automation software has been enhanced to increase the system efficiency. The automation allows now for configuration commands that can be used to automatically pre-configure hardware for given beam modes, decreasing the time the detector needs to get ready when reaching physics modes. The protection mechanism was also improved so that sub-detectors could define their own protection response algorithms allowing, for example, tolerating a small proportion of channels out of the configured safe limits. From the infrastructure point of view the DCS will be subject to big modifications in 2012. The current rack mounted control PCs will be exchanged by a redundant pair of DELL Blade systems. These blades are a high-density modular solution that incorporates servers and networking into a single chassis that provides shared power, cooling and management. This infrastructure modification will challenge the DCS software and hardware factorization capabilities since the SCADA systems running currently in individual nodes will be combined in single blades. The undergoing studies allowing for this migration together with the latest modifications are discussed in the paper.


CMS Detector Control System is preparing a computing hardware infrastructure upgrade. This upgrade will provide CMS with a highly compact and redundant controls computing system. There is a big impact in the architecture of the SCADA systems and the challenges, solutions and undergoing studies are presented in the paper.

Primary author


Alexander Flossdorf (Deutsches Elektronen-Synchrotron (DE)) Andre Georg Holzner (Univ. of California San Diego (US)) Andrea Petrucci (CERN) Andrei Cristian Spataru (CERN) Dr Attila Racz (CERN) Aymeric Arnaud Dupont (CERN) Christian Deldicque (CERN) Christian Hartl (CERN) Christoph Paus (Massachusetts Inst. of Technology (US)) Christoph Schwick (CERN) Denis Shpakov (Fermi National Accelerator Lab. (Fermilab)-Unknown-Unknown) Dominique Gigi (CERN) Emilio Meschi (CERN) Frank Glege (CERN) Frans Meijers (CERN) Gerry Bauer (Massachusetts Inst. of Technology (US)) Dr Giovanni Polese (CERN) Hannes Sakulin (CERN) Mr James Branson (UC San Diego) Dr Jeroen Hegeman (CERN) Dr Jose Antonio Coarasa Perez (CERN) Konstanty Sumorok (Massachusetts Inst. of Technology (US)) Lorenzo Masetti (CERN) Luciano Orsini (CERN) Dr Marc Dobson (CERN) Marco Pieri (Univ. of California San Diego (US)) Matteo Sani (Univ. of California San Diego (US)) Matthew Bowen (University of the West of England) Michal Simon Olivier Raginel (Massachusetts Inst. of Technology (US)) Remi Mommsen (Fermi National Accelerator Lab. (US)) Samim Erhan (Univ. of California Los Angeles (US)) Sebastian Bukowiec (CERN) Sergio Cittolin (Univ. of California San Diego (US)) Ulf Behrens (Deutsches Elektronen-Synchrotron (DE)) Vivian O'Dell (Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory (FNAL)) Yi Ling Hwong (CERN)

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