An overview of the STAR DAQ system

JM Landgraf, John Nelson

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We describe the STAR Data Acquisition System. STAR is one of four experiments commissioned at the Relativistic Heavy Ion Collider (RHIC) at BNL in 1999 and 2000. DAQ combines custom VME-based receiver electronics with off-the-shelf computers in a parallel architecture interconnected with a Myrinet network. Events of size 80 MB are processed at input rates up to 100 Hz. Events are reduced to 10 MB by zero suppression performed in hardware using custom-designed ASICs. A Level 3 Trigger reconstructs tracks in real time and provides a physics-based filter to further reduce the sustained out put data rate to similar to 30 MB/s. Built events are sent via Gigabit Ethernet to the RHIC Computing Facility and stored to tape using HPSS. (C) 2002 Elsevier Science B.V. All rights reserved.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)762-765
Number of pages4
JournalNuclear Instruments & Methods in Physics Research. Section A. Accelerators, Spectrometers, Detectors
Publication statusPublished - 1 Mar 2003


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