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dc.contributor.advisorIgarashi, Ruen_US
dc.contributor.advisorDodds, David E.en_US
dc.creatorChabot, Daronen_US
dc.date.accessioned2008-07-17T12:53:39Zen_US
dc.date.accessioned2013-01-04T04:45:31Z
dc.date.available2009-07-23T08:00:00Zen_US
dc.date.available2013-01-04T04:45:31Z
dc.date.created2008en_US
dc.date.issued2008en_US
dc.date.submitted2008en_US
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10388/etd-07172008-125339en_US
dc.description.abstractModern particle physics measurements are heavily dependent upon automated data acquisition systems (DAQ) to collect and process experiment-generated information. One research group from the University of Saskatchewan utilizes a DAQ known as the Lucid data acquisition and analysis system. This thesis examines the project undertaken to upgrade the hardware and software components of Lucid. To establish the effectiveness of the system upgrades, several performance metrics were obtained including the system's dead time and input/output bandwidth.Hardware upgrades to Lucid consisted of replacing its aging digitization equipment with modern, faster-converting Versa-Module Eurobus (VME) technology and replacing the instrumentation processing platform with common, PC hardware. The new processor platform is coupled to the instrumentation modules via a fiber-optic bridging-device, the sis1100/3100 from Struck Innovative Systems.The software systems of Lucid were also modified to follow suit with the new hardware. Originally constructed to utilize a proprietary real-time operating system, the data acquisition application was ported to run under the freely available Real-Time Executive for Multiprocessor Systems (RTEMS). The device driver software provided with sis1100/3100 interface also had to be ported for use under the RTEMS-based system. Performance measurements of the upgraded DAQ indicate that the dead time has been reduced from being on the order of milliseconds to being on the order of several tens of microseconds. This increased capability means that Lucid's users may acquire significantly more data in a shorter period of time, thereby decreasing both the statistical uncertainties and data collection duration associated with a given experiment.en_US
dc.language.isoen_USen_US
dc.subjectdead timeen_US
dc.subjectData Acquisition Systemen_US
dc.subjectDAQen_US
dc.subjectReal-time Operating Systemen_US
dc.subjectRTEMSen_US
dc.titleA PC-based data acquisition system for sub-atomic physics measurementsen_US
thesis.degree.departmentElectrical Engineeringen_US
thesis.degree.disciplineElectrical Engineeringen_US
thesis.degree.grantorUniversity of Saskatchewanen_US
thesis.degree.levelMastersen_US
thesis.degree.nameMaster of Science (M.Sc.)en_US
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dc.type.genreThesisen_US


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