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

Modeling event building architecture for the triggerless data acquisition system for PANDA experiment at the HESR facility at FAIR/GSI

May 24, 2012, 5:25 PM
Room 804/805 (Kimmel Center)

Room 804/805

Kimmel Center

Parallel Online Computing (track 1) Online Computing


Dr Krzysztof Korcyl (Polish Academy of Sciences (PL))


A novel architecture is being proposed for the data acquisition and trigger system for PANDA experiment at the HESR facility at FAIR/GSI. The experiment will run without the hardware trigger signal and use timestamps to correlate detector data from a given time window. The broad physics program in combination with high rate of 2 10^7 interactions require very selective filtering algorithms which access information from almost all detectors. Therefore the effective filtering will happen later than it used to in today's systems ie after the event building. To assess that, the complete architecture will be built of two stages: the data concentrator stage providing event building and the rate reduction stage. For the former stage, which allows to switch 100 GB/s of event fragments to perform event building, we propose two layers of ATCA crates filled with compute nodes - modules designed at University of Giessen for trigger and data acquisition systems. Each board is equipped with 5 Virtex4 FX60 FPGAs and high bandwidth connectivity is provided by four Gbit Ethernet links and 8 additional optical links connected to RocketIO ports. Using the SystemC as the modeling platform we designed simplified models of the components of the architecture and demonstrated expected throughput. We also show impact of some architectural choices and key parameters on the architecture's performance.


Key words: SystemC, modeling real-time systems, data acquisition and trigger

Primary author

Dr Krzysztof Korcyl (Polish Academy of Sciences (PL))


Igor Konorov (Technische Universitat Munchen) Dr Lars Schmitt (GSI Darmstadt) Prof. Wolfgang Kuehn (Justus-Liebig-Universitaet Giessen (DE))

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