40m QIL Cryo_Lab CTN SUS_Lab TCS_Lab OMC_Lab CRIME_Lab FEA ENG_Labs OptContFac Mariner WBEEShop
  40m Log  Not logged in ELOG logo
Message ID: 3855     Entry time: Wed Nov 3 17:01:01 2010
Author: josephb 
Type: Summary 
Category: CDS 
Subject: Comparison of RFM read times  

Problem:

RFM reads are slow.  Rolf has said it should take 2-3 microseconds per read. 

c1sus is taking about 7 microseconds per read, twice as slow as Rolf's claim.

Hypothesis:

The RFM card is in the IO chassis, and is sharing the PCIe bus with 4 ADC cards, 3 DAC cards, 4 BO cards, and a BIO card.  Its possible this crowded bus is causing the reads to take even longer.

Test Results:

Compare read times between the c1sus computer, which has its RFM card in the IO chassis, to c1ioo, which has its RFM card in the computer.

c1ioo:

No RFM reads: 8 microseconds

3 RFM reads: 20 microseconds (~4 per read)

6 RFM reads: 32 microseconds (~4 per read)

c1sus:

No RFM read: 25 microseconds (bigger model)

1 RFM read: 33 microseconds (~8 per read)

3 RFM read: 45 microseconds (~7 per read)

6 RFM read: Over 62 microseconds, doesn't run.

Conclusion:

It looks like moving the RFM card may help by about a factor of 2 in read speed, although its still not quite what Alex and Rolf claim it should be.

The c1mcs and c1ioo models have been reverted to their normal operations.

 

ELOG V3.1.3-