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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. The aim is to decide (and have some preliminary trials of) the framework for the PANDA DCS by the end of 2008. The architecture of the PANDA DCS and the individual components will be then ready for implementation and deployment, respectively, by the end of 2009. Actual testing, benchmarking, component development and streamlining will happen along with the completion of the detector until commissioning date.

DCS interrelations graph (small)

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 (, Arkadiusz Chlopik, Stanislaw Borsuk, Krystyna Traczyk, Michal Slominski, Jaroslaw Szewinski, Bogdan Zwieglinski


There are a forum and a mailing list hosted on the GSI servers.


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

Mailing list

Our mailing list is called hand.gif GSI Listserv


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

hand.gif NEXT Meeting


Holger Brand created a virtual room FAIR Controls (Adobe Connect) dedicated to controls discussions for FAIR experiments. To arrange a meeting, please contact Holger and provide the date, time and subject.

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 persons to GSI/FAIR are:

Division Liaison
FAIR Accelerator Ralph Baer (
GSI Implementation 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:

Subsystem Liaison
EMC Fritz-Herbert Heinsius (
RICH Ralf Kaiser (
MVD Fabian Hügging (
Endcap DIRC Bjoern Seitz (
Barrel DIRC Carsten Schwarz (
GEM Bernd Voss (
MUON Maria Pia Bussa (
Forward Spectrometer Jerzy Smyrski (
STT/TPC Paola Gianotti ( Bernhard Ketzer (
Magnet Inti Lehmann (
Target Herbert Orth (
DAQ Wolfgang Kühn (

The detector groups should start collecting their DCS requirements (regarding physics signals, parameters, interdependencies) as early as the start of 2008.

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

Other issues:

  • ML(ApMon) module for LabView device classes (equivalent to DIM's function)


  • End of 2008 - have DCS chapter for the TPR (begin collecting requirements at the start of 2008)


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
DCS_small.pngpng DCS_small.png manage 62.3 K 06 Dec 2007 - 16:15 DanProtopopescu DCS interrelations graph (small)
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
ML-Online-Dubna.pptppt ML-Online-Dubna.ppt manage 4749.0 K 28 Sep 2007 - 12:57 DanProtopopescu Slow controls with MonALISA - Talk by DanProtopopescu in Dubna, July 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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