The ALICE data quality monitoring system

B. Von Haller, A. Telesca, S. Chapeland, F. Carena, W. Carena, V. Chibante Barroso, F. Costa, E. Denes, R. Divià, U. Fuchs, G. Simonetti, C. Soós, P. Vande Vyvre

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ALICE (A Large Ion Collider Experiment) is the heavy-ion detector designed to study the physics of strongly interacting matter and the quark-gluon plasma at the CERN Large Hadron Collider (LHC). The online Data Quality Monitoring (DQM) is a key element of the Data Acquisition's software chain. It provide shifters with precise and complete information to quickly identify and overcome problems, and as a consequence to ensure acquisition of high quality data. DQM typically involves the online gathering, the analysis by user-defined algorithms and the visualization of monitored data. This paper describes the final design of ALICE'S DQM framework called AMORE (Automatic MOnitoRing Environment), as well as its latest and coming features like the integration with the offline analysis and reconstruction framework, a better use of multi-core processors by a parallelization effort, and its interface with the eLogBook. The concurrent collection and analysis of data in an online environment requires the framework to be highly efficient, robust and scalable. We will describe what has been implemented to achieve these goals and the procedures we follow to ensure appropriate robustness and performance. We finally review the wide range of usages people make of this framework, from the basic monitoring of a single sub-detector to the most complex ones within the High Level Trigger farm or using the Prompt Reconstruction and we describe the various ways of accessing the monitoring results. We conclude with our experience, before and after the LHC startup, when monitoring the data quality in a challenging environment.

Original languageEnglish
Article number22030
JournalJournal of Physics: Conference Series
Issue numberPART 2
Publication statusPublished - Jan 1 2011
EventInternational Conference on Computing in High Energy and Nuclear Physics, CHEP 2010 - Taipei, Taiwan, Province of China
Duration: Oct 18 2010Oct 22 2010

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    Von Haller, B., Telesca, A., Chapeland, S., Carena, F., Carena, W., Barroso, V. C., Costa, F., Denes, E., Divià, R., Fuchs, U., Simonetti, G., Soós, C., & Vyvre, P. V. (2011). The ALICE data quality monitoring system. Journal of Physics: Conference Series, 331(PART 2), [22030].