The NA49 Data Acquisition System

Wolfgang Rauch, T. Alber, V. Eckardt, A. Mock, S. Schönfelder, J. Seyboth, P. Seyboth, J. Seyerlein, B. Wosiek, J. Bächler, P. Buncic, P. Foka, A. Sandoval, J. Bartke, E. Gladysz, M. Kowalski, P. Stefansky, H. Bialkowska, F. Bieser, M. BloomerS. I. Chase, J. W. Harris, P. Jacobs, P. G. Jones, S. Margetis, R. Morse, G. Odyniec, A. M. Poskanzer, G. Rai, H. G. Ritter, J. Schambach, H. Wiemann, R. Bock, L. Boroczky, I. Szenpetery, J. Sziklai, G. Vesztergombi, W. J. Braithwaite, D. Brinkmann, J. Eschke, M. Fuchs, M. Gazdzicki, S. Kabana, J. Y. Lee, R. Renfordt, D. Röhrich, G. Roland, R. Stock, H. Ströbele, R. Brockmann, J. G. Cramer, I. Derado, W. Dominik, J. Kosiec, W. Retyk, E. Skrzypczak, F. Eckhardt, A. Piper, F. Pühlhofer, D. Ferenc, A. Ljubicic, G. Paic, H. Fessler, H. G. Fischer, A. Kühmichel, S. Hegyi, M. Hoffmann, K. Runge, E. Schmoetten, E. Judd, J. M. Nelson, R. Zybert, K. Kadija, A. D. Panagiotou, A. Petridis, G. Vasileiadis, M. Vassiliou, H. Rothard, N. Schmitz, T. Trainor, D. Vranic, S. Wenig, J. Zimanyi, X. Z. Zhu

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NA49 is a fixed-target, heavy-ion experiment at the 200 GeV/nucleon Pb beam of the SPS at CERN, expected to take data in late 1994. Because of the unprecedented number of charged particles (up to 2000) emerging from a single Pb-induced nuclear reaction at these energies, the demands on various parts of the experimental setup are extreme. For the data acquisition system a burst input data rate of 750 Mbyte/sec from more than 150,000 electronic channels has to be buffered and compressed to allow the recording of events to magnetic media at rates around 15 Mbyte/sec with reasonable effort and cost.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)30-36
Number of pages7
JournalIEEE Transactions on Nuclear Science
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Feb 1994

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Nuclear and High Energy Physics
  • Nuclear Energy and Engineering
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering

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    Rauch, W., Alber, T., Eckardt, V., Mock, A., Schönfelder, S., Seyboth, J., Seyboth, P., Seyerlein, J., Wosiek, B., Bächler, J., Buncic, P., Foka, P., Sandoval, A., Bartke, J., Gladysz, E., Kowalski, M., Stefansky, P., Bialkowska, H., Bieser, F., ... Zhu, X. Z. (1994). The NA49 Data Acquisition System. IEEE Transactions on Nuclear Science, 41(1), 30-36.