A large, high-speed memory buffer for high energy physics data

Robert E. Plaag, John P Rutherfoord

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Many high-data-rate experiments in elementary particle physics suffer large dead-times due to the slow speeds with which the on-line computer can read in data from each event. To eliminate this bottle-neck, we have designed, constructed, and made extensive use in a physics experiment of a 4 megabyte memory buffer which employs ordinary dynamic RAM memory chips and which accepts all of our event data generated during a beam spill at Fermilab at a rate of 14 Mbyte per second.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)177-184
Number of pages8
JournalNuclear Inst. and Methods in Physics Research, A
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Dec 1 1988
Externally publishedYes


ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Instrumentation
  • Nuclear and High Energy Physics
  • Engineering(all)

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