High-speed event driven acquisition is normally performed by analog-to-digital converter (ADC) boards with a given number of pretrigger sample and posttrigger sample that are recorded upon the occurrence of a hardware trigger. A direct physical connection is, therefore, required between the source of event (trigger) and the ADC, because any other software-based communication method would introduce a delay in triggering that would turn out to be not acceptable in many cases. This paper proposes a solution for the relaxation of the event communication time that can be, in this case, carried out by software messaging (e.g., via an LAN), provided that the system components are synchronized in time using the IEEE 1588 synchronization mechanism. The information about the exact event occurrence time is contained in the software packet that is sent to communicate the event and is used by the ADC FPGA to identify the exact sample in the ADC sample queue. The length of the ADC sample queue will depend on the maximum delay in software event message communication time. A prototype implementation using a National FlexRIO FPGA board connected with an ADC device is presented as the proof of concept.

Distributed Continuous Event-Based Data Acquisition Using the IEEE 1588 Synchronization and FlexRIO FPGA

Taliercio, C.;Luchetta, A.;Manduchi, G.;Rigoni, A.
2017

Abstract

High-speed event driven acquisition is normally performed by analog-to-digital converter (ADC) boards with a given number of pretrigger sample and posttrigger sample that are recorded upon the occurrence of a hardware trigger. A direct physical connection is, therefore, required between the source of event (trigger) and the ADC, because any other software-based communication method would introduce a delay in triggering that would turn out to be not acceptable in many cases. This paper proposes a solution for the relaxation of the event communication time that can be, in this case, carried out by software messaging (e.g., via an LAN), provided that the system components are synchronized in time using the IEEE 1588 synchronization mechanism. The information about the exact event occurrence time is contained in the software packet that is sent to communicate the event and is used by the ADC FPGA to identify the exact sample in the ADC sample queue. The length of the ADC sample queue will depend on the maximum delay in software event message communication time. A prototype implementation using a National FlexRIO FPGA board connected with an ADC device is presented as the proof of concept.
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