Integrating UNIX workstation into existing online data acquisition systems for Fermilab experiments

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With the availability of cost effective computing prior from multiple vendors of UNIX workstations, experiments at Fermilab are adding such computers to their VMS based online data acquisition systems. In anticipation of this trend, we have extended the software products available in our widely used VAXONLINE and PANDA data acquisition software systems, to provide support for integrating these workstations into existing distributed online systems. The software packages we are providing pave the way for the smooth migration of applications from the current Data Acquisition Host and Monitoring computers running the VMS operating systems, to UNIX based computers of various flavors. ... continued below

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Oleynik, G. March 1, 1991.

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With the availability of cost effective computing prior from multiple vendors of UNIX workstations, experiments at Fermilab are adding such computers to their VMS based online data acquisition systems. In anticipation of this trend, we have extended the software products available in our widely used VAXONLINE and PANDA data acquisition software systems, to provide support for integrating these workstations into existing distributed online systems. The software packages we are providing pave the way for the smooth migration of applications from the current Data Acquisition Host and Monitoring computers running the VMS operating systems, to UNIX based computers of various flavors. We report on software for Online Event Distribution from VAXONLINE and PANDA, integration of Message Reporting Facilities, and a framework under UNIX for experiments to monitor and view the raw event data produced at any level in their DA system. We have developed software that allows host UNIX computers to communicate with intelligent front-end embedded read-out controllers and processor boards running the pSOS operating system. Both RS-232 and Ethernet control paths are supported. This enables calibration and hardware monitoring applications to be migrated to these platforms. 6 refs., 5 figs.

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  • Conference on computing in high energy physics, Tsukuba (Japan), 11-15 Mar 1991

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  • Other: DE91011974
  • Report No.: FNAL/C-91/86
  • Report No.: CONF-910373--6
  • Grant Number: AC02-76CH03000
  • Office of Scientific & Technical Information Report Number: 5724223
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Oleynik, G. Integrating UNIX workstation into existing online data acquisition systems for Fermilab experiments, article, March 1, 1991; Batavia, Illinois. (digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc1093213/: accessed September 22, 2018), University of North Texas Libraries, Digital Library, digital.library.unt.edu; crediting UNT Libraries Government Documents Department.