PoS - Proceedings of Science
Volume 301 - 35th International Cosmic Ray Conference (ICRC2017) - Session Gamma-Ray Astronomy. GA-instrumentation
End-to-end data acquisition pipeline for the Cherenkov Telescope Array
E. Lyard,* R. Walter on behalf of the CTA Consortium
*corresponding author
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Pre-published on: August 16, 2017
Published on: August 03, 2018
The Cherenkov Telescope Array (CTA) will operate several types of telescopes and cameras. The individual camera trigger rates will vary much - from 0.6 to 15 kHz - while the content of the raw data will be heterogeneous. Raw data streams of up to 43 Gbps per telescope must be handled efficiently, from the camera front-ends down to the on-site repository and real-time analysis. In addition, the system must transcode all raw data to a common, pre-calibrated format.

We will present the pipeline that we propose to implement this data acquisition pipeline. It will format the raw data to a common structure, provide facilities to run camera-specific algorithms and compress and write data to the on-site repository. We will also present the Python interface that allows the analysis pipeline to access the data. Eventually, the two strategies foreseen to interface the camera servers will be detailed and the current status of the developments for CTA will be given, with the last performance figures measured.
DOI: https://doi.org/10.22323/1.301.0843
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