14-18 October 2013
Amsterdam, Beurs van Berlage
Europe/Amsterdam timezone

Many-core applications to online track reconstruction in HEP experiments

17 Oct 2013, 14:10
Verwey Kamer (Amsterdam, Beurs van Berlage)

Verwey Kamer

Amsterdam, Beurs van Berlage

Oral presentation to parallel session Data acquisition, trigger and controls Data Acquisition, Trigger and Controls


Ms Silvia Amerio (University of Padova & INFN)


One of the most important issues facing particle physics experiments at hadron colliders is real-time selection of interesting events for offline storage. Collision frequencies do not allow all events to be written to tape for offline analysis, and in most cases, only a small fraction can be saved. Typical trigger systems use commercial computers in the final stage of processing. Much of the effort is focused on understanding the latency for trigger systems. In this talk we describe updates to a previous study of latencies in GPU for potential trigger applications, where we measured the latency to transfer data to/from the GPU, exploring the timing of different I/O technologies on different GPU models. Those studies, where a simplified track fitting algorithm was parallelized and run on a GPU, show that latencies of few tens of microseconds can be achieved to transfer and process packets of 4 kB of data, combining the modern Infiniband data transfer technology with direct access to GPU memory allowed by NVIDIA GPUDirect utilities. We now have expanded our latency studies to include other multi-core systems (Intel Xeon Phi and AMD GPUs, in addition to NVIDIA GPUs) and other software environments (OpenCL, in addition to NVIDIA CUDA). We also discuss the implementation of a scaled-up version of the algorithm used at CDF for online track reconstruction - the SVT algorithm - as a realistic test-case for low-latency trigger systems using new computing architectures for LHC experiments.

Primary authors

Mr Alessio Gianelle (Universita e INFN (IT)) Dr Donatella Lucchesi (INFN Padova) Marco Corvo (INFN) Peter Wittich (Cornell University (US)) Ryan Rivera (Fermilab) Ms Silvia Amerio (University of Padova & INFN) Stefano Gelain (University of Padova & INFN) Stephen Poprocki (Cornell University (US)) Tiehui Ted Liu (Fermi National Accelerator Lab. (US)) Wesley Ketchum (Los Alamos National Laboratory)

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