Hardware controls for the STAR experiment at RHIC

D. Reichhold, F. Bieser, M. Bordua, M. Cherney, J. Chrin, J. C. Dunlop, M. I. Ferguson, V. Ghazikhanian, J. Gross, G. Harper, M. Howe, S. Jacobson, S. R. Klein, P. Kravtsov, S. Lewis, J. Lin, C. Lionberger, G. Locurto, C. McParland, T. McShaneJ. Meier, I. Sakrejda, Z. Sandler, J. Schambach, Y. Shi, R. Willson, E. Yamamoto, W. Zhang

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The STAR detector sits in a high radiation area when operating normally; therefore it was necessary to develop a robust system to remotely control all hardware. The STAR hardware controls system monitors and controls approximately 14,000 parameters in the STAR detector. Voltages, currents, temperatures, and other parameters are monitored. Effort has been minimized by the adoption of experiment-wide standards and the use of pre-packaged software tools. The system is based on the Experimental Physics and Industrial Control System (EPICS) [1]. VME processors communicate with subsystem-based sensors over a variety of field busses, with High-level Data Link Control (HDLC) being the most prevalent. Other features of the system include interfaces to accelerator and magnet control systems, a web-based archiver, and C+ +-based communication between STAR online, run control and hardware controls and their associated databases. The system has been designed for easy expansion as new detector elements are installed in STAR.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)792-801
Number of pages10
JournalNuclear Instruments and Methods in Physics Research, Section A: Accelerators, Spectrometers, Detectors and Associated Equipment
Issue number2-3
StatePublished - Mar 1 2003

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Nuclear and High Energy Physics
  • Instrumentation


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