Low Latency, Online Processing of the High-Bandwidth Bunch-By-Bunch Observation Data From the Transverse Feedback System in the LHC
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During long shutdown 2 (2019-2020) the transverse observation system (ADTObsBox) in the LHC will undergo a substantial upgrade. The purpose of this upgrade is to allow for true low latency, online processing of the 16 data-streams of transverse bunch-by-bunch, turn-by-turn positional data provided by the transverse feedback system in the LHC (ADT). This system makes both offline and online analysis of the data possible, where the emphasis will lie on online analysis, something that the older
... g that the older generation was not designed to provide. The result of the analysis is made available for accelerator physicists, machine operators, and engineers working with LHC. The new system allows users to capture buffers of various lengths for later analysis just like the older generation and it provides a platform for real-time analysis applications to directly capture the data with minimal latency while also providing a heterogeneous computing platform where the applications can utilize CPUs, GPUs and dedicated FPGAs. The analysis applications include bunch-by-bunch instability analysis and passive bunch-by-bunch tune extraction to name a few. The ADTObsBox system uses commodity server technology in combination with FPGA-based PCIe I/O cards. This paper will cover the design and status of the I/O cards, server, firmware, driver, analysis applications and results of early performance testing.