Jun 5 – 10, 2016
Padova, Italy
Europe/Rome timezone

Performance of the new DAQ system of the CMS experiment for run-2.

Jun 6, 2016, 5:20 PM
Palazzo Bo (Padova)

Palazzo Bo


Oral presentation Fast Data Transfer Links and Networks Fast data Transfer links and networks


Jeroen Hegeman (CERN)


The data acquisition system (DAQ) of the CMS experiment at the CERN Large Hadron Collider assembles events at a rate of 100 kHz, transporting event data at an aggregate throughput of 100 GByte/s to the high-level trigger (HLT) farm. The HLT farm selects and classifies interesting events for storage and offline analysis at a rate of around 1 kHz. The DAQ system has been redesigned during the accelerator shutdown in 2013/14. The motivation was twofold: Firstly, the compute nodes, networking and storage infrastructure reached the end of their lifetime. Secondly, in order to handle higher LHC luminosities and event pileup, a number of sub-detectors are upgraded, increasing the number of readout channels and replacing the off-detector readout electronics with a μTCA implementation. The new DAQ architecture takes advantage of the latest developments in the computing industry. For data concentration, 10/40 Gbit Ethernet technologies are used, as well as an implementation of a reduced TCP/IP in FPGA for a reliable transport between custom electronics and commercial computing hardware. A 56 Gbps Infiniband FDR CLOS network has been chosen for the event builder with a throughput of ~4 Tbps. The HLT processing is entirely file-based. This allows the DAQ and HLT systems to be independent, and to use the same framework for the HLT as for the offline processing. The fully built events are sent to the HLT with 1/10/40 Gbit Ethernet via network file systems. A hierarchical collection of HLT accepted events and monitoring meta-data are stored in to a global file system. The monitoring of the HLT farm is done with the Elasticsearch analytics tool. This paper presents the requirements, implementation, and performance of the system. Experience is reported on the first year of operation in the LHC pp runs as well as at the heavy ion Pb-Pb runs in 2015.

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