Detector Control System

This is the wiki page of the DCS Subgroup. This subgroup has been established during the September 2007 PANDA collaboration meeting at GSI. Many updates to this wiki are expected over the next few months. Members of the DCS group should register to this wiki and be added to the PandaControlsGroup


The DCS subgroup has been established on September 17, 2007. The present structure is listed below.

Subgroup chairperson(s)

The subgroup co-chairmen at this time are LarsSchmitt and DanProtopopescu.

Subgroup members

The list below includes the institutes and/or persons that expressed interest in joining the DCS group. It is expected that at the December meeting more specific commitments will be made (designated manpower, responsibility for work packages etc.).

GSI Holger Brand (, Peter Zumbruch (, Uwe Thiemer (, Lars Schmitt (
Glasgow Dan Protopopescu (
Bucharest Mario Bragadireanu (
Frascati Elisabetta Pace (
Warsaw Zbigniew Guzik (


There is a forum (hosted at GSI) and there will be a mailing list.


The subgroup forum is located on the GSI server. ALERT! It is recommended that members of the DCS subgroup do subscribe to this forum.

Mailing list will be available soon


Subgroup meetings will be announced on the PANDA DCS meetings page.


The software to be used for teleconferencing is still to be decided. Some suggestion can be found here.

DCS framework structure

It is very likely that the PANDA DCS will be a mashup of various specialized systems integrated via a high-level framework.

GSI/FAIR Controls

The GSI/FAIR Controls group is expected to provide:
  • Framework design
  • Templates and libraries
  • Database design and service
  • Consulting

GSI/FAIR Controls liaison

The liaison person to the GSI/FAIR Controls group is Holger Brand (

PANDA Detector subsystems

The PANDA magnet, target and detector subsystems groups are expected to provide:
  • Subsystem requirements
  • Tentative layout of the user interface
  • Connection implementation

Detector liaisons

There should be a liaison person for magnet, target and for each detector subsystem. The liaison persons are expected to participate to the DCS subgroup meetings. The preliminary list is below:

SubsystemSorted ascending Liaison
Barrel DIRC Karsten Schwartz (?)
DAQ Wolfgang Kuhn (?)
Endcap DIRC Bjoern Seitz (
GEM Lars Schmitt (?)
Magnet Inti Lehmann (
RICH Ralf Kaiser (
Target Herbert Orth (?)

Open topics / To Do

For the immediate future two drafts are necessary:

  • A DCS requirements document
  • A preliminary scheme of devices and values to be controlled/monitored


It is advisable that the members of the DCS group browse the documentation for EPICS and MonALISA. PANDA DCS specific documentation will be linked/attached here as it is written.

Related topics

Topic attachments
I Attachment Action Size Date Who Comment
KVI_March_2007_cp.pptppt KVI_March_2007_cp.ppt manage 5432.0 K 27 Sep 2007 - 14:34 DanProtopopescu Seminar on GRIDCC at KVI by Gaetano Maron, March 2007
LS12-070917_controls07.pdfpdf LS12-070917_controls07.pdf manage 158.4 K 25 Sep 2007 - 14:16 DanProtopopescu Lars Schmitt's talk, September 2007
PZ14-070917_PeterZumbruch-EPICS_at_GSI.pptppt PZ14-070917_PeterZumbruch-EPICS_at_GSI.ppt manage 4812.0 K 25 Sep 2007 - 15:28 DanProtopopescu Peter Zumbruch's talk
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