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Landing Page for the ATLAS In-Flight Beam Wiki

The goal of this wiki is to have access to detector (locations, status, etc.), electronics, hardware, software, targets, and misc, information pertaining to in-flight beam production. The actual data collection and analysis information can be found on the ELOG.

Tools for In-Flight Beam Tuning

Past Beam Delivery List


Proposed directory / data file structure

New experiments will be placed in ~/experiments/inflXX_zAA (infl12_n16) folder on diag1. Inside folder will have: compass, BoxScore, screenshots, and data directories. BoxScore will be a git repo with current branch = exp name ->infl12_n16. Data will have links to data inside both compass and BoxScore. Data files will have labels (mostly using BoxScore) inflXX__zAA_MonDay_###.root, i.e. infl12_n16_Oct25_0.root

                        /compass --> for all things compass
                        /BoxScore --> (github branch)
                        /screenshots --> for any figures
                        /data --> place for data instead of inside BoxScore / compass....

All data and compass will be backed up on diag3. On diag3 there will also be an experiments folder but only the screenshots will be filled most likely.

Hardware Information


- raisordaq - main daq computer located in SPS [ubuntu18] - diag1 - able to run desktop digitizers - diag3 - interface computer typically located in control / data room - diag2 - F-wing lab for testing - raisortab (??) - lattitude tablet for running HV and emulator


- desktop digitizer 1 [get S/N] 8 - ch 500 MHz - VX1730S - 16-ch VME w/ 500 MHz 14-bit 2.0Vpp, currently working with raisordaq and VME 80008X - x2 V1742 - 16-ch VME w/ 3.2 GHz 12-bit 2.5Vpp

High Voltage

- VX3718 VME Bridge for HV control in VME 8008X crate [raisordaq] - V6519P VME 6-CH HV w/ +500 V 3mA [raisordaq] - V6521M VME 6-CH HV w/ +-6 kV 300 uA [raisordaq] - Desktop HV 4-CH in F-Wing lab works with raisortab only


- x2 RAISOR 8-ch low-gain mesytec 1 in SPS ?? - x1 4-ch low-gain mestec in SPS - x32 ch mesytec low gain (for S1 ??) in SPS


- x4 fiber optic cables


BoxScore is a custom made cpp program for "almost" real-time monitoring.

github :

program required libaray




cern root

program arguments

/BoxScore boardID Location <save_file_name>
                     +-- testing 
                     +-- exit 
                     +-- cross 
                     +-- ZD (zero-degree) 
                     +-- XY (Helios target XY) 
                     +-- iso (isomer with Glover Ge detector) 
                     +-- IonCh (IonChamber)

The boardID can be checked by running DetectDigitizer

program running flow (SOME OF THIS IS OUT OF DATE 11/19)

The source code is src/BoxScore.c

  1. When started, it read the current date and time from the system, and format the default save_file_name.
  2. Based on which Location, it will make a ChannelMask and set the dE and E channels.
  3. Read the generalSetting.txt
  4. Read setting_X.txt for Channel X setting
  5. Open digitizer and setting digitizer from the setting
  6. Make root file for saving the data and histogram, Make Canvas for display
  7. Readout Loop
    1. check keyboard is hit, get keyboard hit
    2. if start acquisition
      1. retrieve data from the digitizer
      2. every 1 sec (the time period can be set at generalSetting.txt), sorting event based on timestamp, and build event
    3. if stop acquisition
    4. if cut creator is needed, the acquisition will be stop and load the program CutCreator
    5. if clear histogram
    6. if quit

Algorithm of event building

Grafana + InfluxDB

Current setting on July 2022

When BoxScore is running at ``raisordaq, it will push the totalRate and (if any) cuts rates to the InfluxDB service at ``raisordaq using

void WriteToDataBase(TString databaseName, TString seriesName, TString tag, float value){
   TString databaseStr;
   databaseStr.Form("influx -execute \'insert %s,%s value=%f\' -database=%s", seriesName.Data(), tag.Data(), value, databaseName.Data());

The database is actually ```db

The databaseName in Grafana is = ```RAISOR_db

The seriesName = totalRate / cut1 / cut2 .... etc

The tag = exit / cross / ZD


As of July 2022:

InfluxDB server is hosted on raisordaq

Need to confirm the access port is 8086

sudo service influxdb start
sudo service influxdb status

--- OLD --- InfluxDB server is hosted at diag1.

InfluxDB server can be access via port 8086.

If the InfluxDB server is not started, it can be started by

sudo service influxdb start


The Grafana server is hosted at diag3.

The Grafana webpage can be access using any browser


The login user name is admin, password is the same as diag3 login.

if the server not started (for example, the webpage is not loaded but connection to diag3 is ok.) it can be started by

sudo service grafana-server start


Working to get grafana on new iMAC. Started install with local admin but work to get running under ``raisor uname

brew install grafana

was successful. The ``grafana.ini file is located at


to start grafana

brew services restart grafana

Should cp some settings from diag3 ini file.

The current port is 3000, so to see Grafana


uname: admin pswrd: longbaseballone

To Do List