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Message ID: 15890     Entry time: Tue Mar 9 16:52:47 2021     In reply to: 15872     Reply to this: 15924
Author: Jon 
Type: Update 
Category: CDS 
Subject: Front-end testing 

Today I continued with assembly and testing of the new front-ends. The main progress is that the IO chassis is now communicating with the host, resolving the previously reported issue.

Hardware Issues to be Resolved

Unfortunately, though, it turns out one of the two (host-side) One Stop Systems PCIe cards sent from Hanford is bad. After some investigation, I ultimately resolved the problem by swapping in the second card, with no other changes. I'll try to procure another from Keith Thorne, along with some spares.

Also, two of the three switching power supplies sent from Livingston (250W Channel Well PSG400P-89) appear to be incompatible with the Trenton BPX6806 PCIe backplanes in these chassis. The power supply cable has 20 conductors and the connector on the board has 24. The third supply, a 650W Antec EA-650, does have the correct cable and is currently powering one of the IO chassis. I'll confirm this situation with Keith and see whether they have any more Antecs. If not, I think these supplies can still be bought (not obsolete).

I've gone through all the hardware we've received, checked against the procurement spreadsheet. There are still some missing items:

  • 18-bit DACs (Qty 14; but 7 are spares)
  • ADC adapter boards (Qty 5)
  • DAC adapter boards (Qty 9)
  • 32-channel DO modules (Qty 2/10 in hand)

Testing Progress

Once the PCIe communications link between host and IO chassis was working, I carried out the testing procedure outlined in T1900700. This performs a series checks to confirm basic operation/compatibility of the hardware and PCIe drivers. All of the cards installed in both the host and the expansion chassis are detected and appear correctly configured, according to T1900700. In the below tree, there is one ADC, one 16-ch DIO, one 32-ch DO, and one DolphinDX card:

+-05.0-[05-20]----00.0-[06-20]--+-00.0-[07-08]----00.0-[08]----00.0  Contec Co., Ltd Device 86e2
|                               +-01.0-[09]--
|                               +-03.0-[0a]--
|                               +-08.0-[0b-15]----00.0-[0c-15]--+-02.0-[0d]--
|                               |                               +-03.0-[0e]--
|                               |                               +-04.0-[0f]--
|                               |                               +-06.0-[10-11]----00.0-[11]----04.0  PLX Technology, Inc. PCI9056 32-bit 66MHz PCI <-> IOBus Bridge
|                               |                               +-07.0-[12]--
|                               |                               +-08.0-[13]--
|                               |                               +-0a.0-[14]--
|                               |                               \-0b.0-[15]--
|                               \-09.0-[16-20]----00.0-[17-20]--+-02.0-[18]--
|                                                               +-03.0-[19]--
|                                                               +-04.0-[1a]--
|                                                               +-06.0-[1b]--
|                                                               +-07.0-[1c]--
|                                                               +-08.0-[1d]--
|                                                               +-0a.0-[1e-1f]----00.0-[1f]----00.0  Contec Co., Ltd Device 8632
|                                                               \-0b.0-[20]--
\-08.0-[21-2a]--+-00.0  Stargen Inc. Device 0101
                \-00.1-[22-2a]--+-00.0-[23]--
                                +-01.0-[24]--
                                +-02.0-[25]--
                                +-03.0-[26]--
                                +-04.0-[27]--
                                +-05.0-[28]--
                                +-06.0-[29]--
                                \-07.0-[2a]--

Standalone Subnet

Before I start building/testing RTCDS models, I'd like to move the new front ends to an isolated subnet. This is guaranteed to prevent any contention with the current system, or inadvertent changes to it.

Today I set up another of the Supermicro servers sent by Livingston in the 1X6 test stand area. The intention is for this machine to run a cloned, bootable image of the current fb1 system, allowing it to function as a bootserver and DAQ server for the FEs on the subnet.

However, this hard disk containing the fb1 image appears to be corrupted and will not boot. It seems to have been sitting disconnected in a box since ~2018, which is not a stable way to store data long term. I wasn't immediately able to recover the disk using fsck. I could spend some more time trying, but it might be most time-effective to just make a new clone of the fb1 system as it is now.

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