Author: Boterenbrood, H.
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WEPHA102 A Software Suite for the Radiation Tolerant Giga-bit Transceiver - Slow Control Adapter 1333
  • P. Moschovakos, P.P. Nikiel, S. Schlenker
    CERN, Geneva, Switzerland
  • H. Boterenbrood
    NIKHEF, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
  • A. Koulouris
    NTUA, Athens, Greece
  The future upgrades of the LHC (Large Hadron Collider) will increase its luminosity. To fulfill the needs of the detector electronic upgrades and in particular to cope with the extreme radiation environment, the GBT-SCA (Giga-Bit Transceiver - Slow Control Adapter) ASIC was developed for the control and monitoring of on-detector electronics. To benefit maximally from the ASIC, a flexible and hardware interface agnostic software suite was developed. A hardware abstraction layer - the SCA software package - exploits the abilities of the chip, maximizes its potential performance for back-end implementations, provides control over ASIC configuration, and enables concurrent operations wherever possible. An OPC UA server was developed on top of the SCA software library to integrate seamlessly with distributed control systems used for detector control and Trigger/DAQ (Data AcQuisition) configuration, both of which communicate with the GBT-SCA via network-attached optical link receivers based on FPGAs. This paper describes the architecture, design and implementation aspects of the SCA software suite components and their application in the ATLAS experiment.  
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About • paper received ※ 30 September 2019       paper accepted ※ 09 October 2019       issue date ※ 30 August 2020  
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