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

DAQling: an open source data acquisition framework

Nov 4, 2019, 11:15 AM
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


Enrico Gamberini (CERN)


The data acquisition (DAQ) software for most applications in high energy physics is composed of common building blocks, such as a networking layer, plug-in loading, configuration, and process management. These are often re-invented and developed from scratch for each project or experiment around specific needs. In some cases, time and available resources can be limited and make development requirements difficult or impossible to meet.
Moved by these premises, our team developed an open-source lightweight C++ software framework called DAQling, to be used as the core for the DAQ systems of small and medium-sized experiments and collaborations.
The framework offers a complete DAQ ecosystem, including communication layer based on the widespread ZeroMQ messaging library, configuration management based on the JSON format, control of distributed applications, extendable operational monitoring with web-based visualization, and a set of generic utilities. The framework comes with minimal dependencies, and provides automated host and build environment setup based on the Ansible automation tool. Finally, the end-user code is wrapped in so-called “Modules”, that can be loaded at configuration time, and implement specific roles.
Several collaborations already chose DAQling as the core for their DAQ systems, such as FASER, RD51, and NA61. We will present the framework and project-specific implementations and experiences.

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Giovanna Lehmann Miotto (CERN) Roland Sipos (CERN) Marco Boretto (Universita e INFN Torino (IT)) Wojciech Brylinski (Warsaw University of Technology (PL))

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