Nov 4 – 8, 2019
Adelaide Convention Centre
Australia/Adelaide timezone

ATLAS Operational Monitoring Data Archival and Visualization

Nov 4, 2019, 2:30 PM
Riverbank R5 (Adelaide Convention Centre)

Riverbank R5

Adelaide Convention Centre

Oral Track 1 – Online and Real-time Computing Track 1 – Online and Real-time Computing


Igor Soloviev (University of California Irvine (US))


The Information Service (IS) is an integral part of the Trigger and Data Acquisition (TDAQ) system of the ATLAS experiment at the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) at CERN. The IS allows online publication of operational monitoring data, and it is used by all sub-systems and sub-detectors of the experiment to constantly monitor their hardware and software components including more than 25000 applications running on more than 3000 computers. The Persistent Back-End for the ATLAS Information System (P-BEAST) service stores all raw operational monitoring data for the lifetime of the experiment and provides programming and graphical interfaces to access them including Grafana dashboards and notebooks based on the CERN SWAN platform. During the ATLAS data taking sessions (for the full LHC Run 2 period) P-BEAST acquired data at an average information update rate of 200 kHz and stored 20 TB of highly compacted and compressed data per year. This paper reports how over six years the P-BEAST became an essential piece of the experiment operations including details of the challenging requirements, the fails and successes of the various attempted implementations, the new types of monitoring data and the results of the time-series database technologies evaluations for the improvements during next LHC Run 3.

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Primary authors

Igor Soloviev (University of California Irvine (US)) Savanna Marie Shaw (University of Manchester)

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